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 min
  • Total Time 10 min
  • Servings 1

Ingredients

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.

Expert Tips

Cilantro Pesto: Substitute 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh cilantro and 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh parsley for the fresh basil.

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

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Calories
100
(
Calories from Fat
90 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10 g
10 %
(Saturated Fat
2 g,
2 %
),
Cholesterol
5 mg
5 %;
Sodium
70 mg
70 %;
Total Carbohydrate
1 g
1 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
2 g
2 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.