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Classic Pesto

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  • 10 min prep time
  • 10 min total time
  • 5 ingredients
  • 20 servings
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This is three recipes in one, and all are equally good! Keep pesto on hand to toss with pasta, spread on sandwiches, mix into salads or to top hot meats or vegetables.

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

Steps

  • 1 In blender or food processor, place all ingredients.
  • 2 Cover; blend on medium speed about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides, until smooth.
  • 1 In blender or food processor, place all ingredients.
  • 2 Cover; 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 Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories
100
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
16%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
70mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
0%
Protein
2g
2%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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