Classic Pesto

Classic Pesto

This is three recipes in one, and all are equally as good! Keep pesto on hand to toss with pasta, spread on sandwiches, mix into salads or to top hot meats or vegetables.

Prep Time

10

Minutes

Total Time

10

Minutes

Makes

1

1/4

2
cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
3/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4
cup olive or vegetable oil
3
cloves garlic
1/4
cup pine nuts
  1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.
  2. Cover and blend on medium speed about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides, until smooth.
Makes 1 1/4 cups sauce
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Variation
Cilantro Pesto: Substitute 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh cilantro and 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh parsley for the fresh basil.
Variation
Spinach Winter Pesto: Substitute 2 cups firmly packed fresh spinach and 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves or 1/4 cup dried basil leaves for the fresh basil.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Tablespoon)
  • Calories 100
    • (Calories from Fat 90 ),
  • Total Fat 10 g
    • (Saturated Fat 2 g,),
  • Cholesterol 5 mg;
  • Sodium 70 mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 1 g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
  • Protein 2 g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.