Classic Pesto Recipe
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Classic Pesto Recipe

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This versatile pesto boasts a perfect basil flavor. Pair it with pasta and you've got a classic Italian dinner. —Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 196 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 152mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Place the basil, cheese, garlic and salt in a food processor; cover and pulse until chopped. Add nuts; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Store in an airtight container in the freezer up to 1 year. Yield: 1 cup.
Originally published as Classic Pesto in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p46

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vmfein User ID: 2150105 108162
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"I change this up a little bit, but this is my fav pesto sauce recipe."

carolunderhill User ID: 1703508 190871
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"I find the best way to store this pesto is to freeze it. Put about 2 Tbl in ice cube trays and after frozen place in freezer bags. Take out as many cubes as you want, and in a hurry I thaw it in the micro. Keep very well this way."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 172354
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"The flavor was excellent but this pesto did not hold up well in the fridge. Anyone have storage advice?"

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