Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 20
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 63.9
  • Total Fat: 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.0 mg
  • Sodium: 23.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 0.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g

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Number of Servings: 20


    2 c Fresh Basil Leaves, packed
    1/2 c Olive Oil
    1/4 c Grated Parmesan Cheese
    3 T Pine Nuts
    3 Garlic Cloves, finely minced


Place basil leaves in small batches in food processor and whip until well chopped (do about 3/4 c at a time). Add about 1/3 of the nuts and garlic, blend again. Add about 1/3 of the Parmesan Cheese; blend while slowly adding about 1/3 of the olive oil, stopping to scrape down the sides of container. Process basil pesto it forms a thick smooth paste. Repeat until all ingredients are used, mix all batches together well. Serve over pasta. Basil pesto keeps in refrigerator one week, or freeze for a few months. Serving size 1/2 T.

Number of Servings: 20

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BUTTERFLY1945.

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  • 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    tasty, but I didn't find the 1/2 T serving size to be realistic. - 6/26/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE pesto sauce! I generally take a few spoonfuls and toss the pasta. The pesto is not supposed to be a sauce but rather a coating on the pasta, in case some people aren't familiar with it. I use walnuts too - much cheaper than pine nuts! - 5/18/11

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I used walnuts instead (simply because that's what I had). Pesto is amazing! I cut french bread thinnly, put a tablespoon on each peice and toast it in the toaster oven. Super yummy! - 8/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    nice traditional recipe... one hint if using pine nuts. roast them in the oven for about 10 min or in a skillet for a few minutes to add really great flavor.(hint from a true Italian.) - 8/19/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very Good. - 6/20/09

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