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 tablespoon: 196 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 152mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0g 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 108162
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

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

carolunderhill 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 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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