Fresh Basil Pesto

Pesto adds a powerhouse of flavor to any dish. Keep some on hand to toss with pasta, spread on sandwiches, add to salads or top off hot meats or vegetables.

  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 10 min
  • ingredients 5
  • servings 10

Ingredients

2
cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
3/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup pine nuts
1/2
cup olive or vegetable oil
3
cloves garlic
  • 1 In blender or food processor, place all ingredients. Cover and blend on medium speed about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides, until smooth.
  • 2 Use pesto immediately, or cover tightly and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 1 month (color of pesto will darken as it stands).
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
    Calories
    160
    (
    Calories from Fat
    130),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    15g
    15%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    5mg
    5%;
    Sodium
    140mg
    140%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    1g
    1%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Protein
    4g
    4%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    15%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    10%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    0
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
    © 2013 ®/TM General Mills All Rights Reserved