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Classic Pesto

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

Makes

1 cup

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
Classic Pesto Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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