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This homemade pesto created by our home economists makes a delightful hostess gift or present for that hard-to-buy-for person.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:8-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 8-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil or cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

97 calories: 2 tablespoon, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .

Directions

  1. In a food processor, puree all ingredients. Refrigerate for several weeks or freeze in a tightly covered container. Toss a few tablespoons pesto with hot cooked pasta. Yield: 3/4 cup.
Originally published as Pesto in Birds & Blooms August/September 1995, p55


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aicenhour
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"I was looking for a simple pesto recipe with things I already have. I didnt want pine nuts in it. I didn't measure my basil and parsley exactly. I probably used slightly more. Freezes ok, leaving the cheese out of the recipe and adding prior to using would be better I think. I will try that next time."

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kitzer
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

"The ratio is wrong! Not enough 'Leaves'..."

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gooch621
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2016

"I added 1/4 cup pine nuts. It was bitter compared to other recipes."

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Strange_Unusual
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"You can use this in Tomato soup to give it a tomato/basil bisque feel. I love this stuff!"

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wellgirl
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"First time making pesto and it was so easy.....glad to use up some of my basil and parsley from the herb garden!! Used the pesto for the Grilled Veggie Tortillas recipe from this site.....everything was very good!!"

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hejcs01
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"Really easy and delicious. Received lots of compliments!"

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HighDee215
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I used this sauce over my pasta and it was so good. This recipe is a keeper!"

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nussearvp
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"This is very easy, uses ingredients I usually have on hand, and tastes great!"

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IslandWife
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"This was my first attempt at pesto - very easy! This was so good - I made homemade pizza and used it as the sauce, put on mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and fresh tomatoes - yum! Thanks for sharing!"

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Francisca3032
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"Yummmy!"

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