Classic Pesto

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 10 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 20

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

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  • 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.

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Tips

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.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

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
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
70mg
3%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
2g
% 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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