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Basil Pesto

  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1 cup


  • 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


  • 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.

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  • justmbeth
    Jan 14, 2021

    Basic pesto with simple ingredients. I’ll make this one again.

  • 7833louis
    Dec 30, 2020

    Very nice pesto and quite delicious! I only had toasted pine nuts - very nice taste.

  • dlynsmith9
    Jun 25, 2019

    This is an easy recipe and delicious. I followed the recipe, but used cashews instead of pine nuts. It worked very well. I had leftover egg noodles and warmed them in the pesto, and it was a great side dish.

  • NikNwo11
    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!!!!!!

  • LDaisy
    Dec 30, 2013

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

  • apowlst
    Jun 29, 2013

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  • seekye1st
    Nov 24, 2011

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  • pammy jean
    Oct 6, 2010

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