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Classic Pesto

 Classic Pesto
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
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 10 min.


  • 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


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