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Basil Pesto Recipe

For a flavorful, fresh and fast sauce for pasta or chicken, try this Pesto Recipe! Made with fresh basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil...pesto never disappoints.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1051kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • 4 cups fresh basil loosely packed
  • 1 clove garlic smashed and peeled
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts toasted
  • 6 oz parmigiano reggiano cheese cut into chunks
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil give or take a few tablespoons


  • Add pine nuts to a dry pan and toast on medium heat occasionally "shaking" pan until nuts are toasty brown. Be careful not to burn as this can happen very quickly.
  • Place all ingredients, except olive oil into a blender or food processor.
  • Turn blender on and slowly stream in olive oil until ingredients turn into a thick paste or sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Use as desired or spoon into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks.


Calories: 1051kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 99g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1366mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3195IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 1097mg | Iron: 4.4mg