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Basil Pesto Recipe
Basil Pesto Recipe photo by Taste of Home
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Crisco® Pure Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic, salt and pine nuts; cover and process until finely chopped. Add basil and olive oil; puree until smooth. Add cheese and process just until combined. Serve with pasta or grilled meats of vegetables. Yield: 1 cup.
Originally published as Basil Pesto in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Spring 2009, p55

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"This is SO GREAT. One of my favorite dishes ever is Noodles & Co's Pesto Cavatappi. If you use this recipe for sauce (I used 2 garlic cloves and added a fourth cup of basil), with 1 part large elbow pasta, 1 part cheese tortelini, 1 part sliced chicken, and 1 part cherry tomatoes & bella mushrooms sliced thin, IT TASTES JUST LIKE IT!!!!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"Easy to make. I put it on pasta for a party & everyone loved it."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"This is great, it only takes minutes to make and its wonderful on pasta."

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