Fresh Basil Pesto, Traditional Italian Homemade

Fresh Basil Pesto, Traditional Italian Homemade
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 40
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 49.0
  • Total Fat: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.2 mg
  • Sodium: 51.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 0.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g

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Introduction

This is the real deal. The only difference is that Grandma made hers with a mortar and pestle. You get to use a blender or food processor. Fantastic, bright green color, freezes well. This is the real deal. The only difference is that Grandma made hers with a mortar and pestle. You get to use a blender or food processor. Fantastic, bright green color, freezes well.
Number of Servings: 40

Ingredients

    6 packed cups fresh Basil
    1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 cup Pine Nuts
    1-1/2 cups Parmesan Cheese, shredded
    9 cloves garlic, peeled
    salt and pepper to taste

Tips

Freezes very well. I measure it into greased cupcake tins and freeze until solid, then transfer all "pesto pucks" into a ziplock bag. Pesto will stay bright green and fresh for months.


Directions

Peel garlic and process until minced. Add pine nuts, process until smooth. Add oil and cheese, process until smooth. Cram all the basil leaves into the blender or food processor (I like using the food processor better than the blender.) Process until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve on hot, whole grain pasta, 1-2 Tablespoons.

Serving Size: Makes approx 40 - 1 Tbs servings. A little goes a long way.

Number of Servings: 40

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BROZK400.

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