Basil Pesto Pasta Sauce

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 494.8
  • Total Fat: 40.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.2 mg
  • Sodium: 245.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 29.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 6.4 g

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Yummy Basil Pesto Sauce Yummy Basil Pesto Sauce
Number of Servings: 12


    2 cups of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    ¼ cup of pine nuts
    2 pinches of red peppers flakes
    1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
    2 cups of fresh basil leaves (washed and dried)
    1 teaspoon of kosher salt
    ½ teaspoon of pepper
    2-3 cloves of garlic

    1 box of penne pasta cooked al dente


Cook pasta according to instructions on box. Saute garlic and toast pine nuts by heating a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic whole and allow to brown on all sides. Add 2 pinches of red pepper flakes and pine nuts and allow pine nuts to brown slightly. Remove from heat as soon as pine nuts develop some color. Let cool. Prepare the blender or a food processor. Add the rest of the oil, basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese. Allow to blend until desired consistency. To assist the blending process, you may have to add more olive oil or occasionally stop the blender / processor and stir ingredients. Pour over hot pasta. Add more cheese if desired.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JUSTJ3NN.

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  • Haven't tried - and won't be, at 40.8 g of fat per serving! - 9/15/08

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  • Delicious! I am a pesto fanatic and this is a little different that others I've tried. I omitted pine nuts because of a food allergy and cut some of the oil and substituted some of the pasta cooking water. Still SUPER YUM! - 6/17/08

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