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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This recipe yields approximately 2 cups of fresh basil pesto. This flavorful condiment goes well with beef, poultry and seafood. It makes a wonderful salad dressing, or serve it as a dip with raw vegetables and crackers.

Course: Condiments, Sauces
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: basil pesto, homemade condiments, ways to use fresh basil
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 876 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves stems removed
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts toasted for extra flavor
  • 3-5 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Add the basil leaves, garlic cloves and pine nuts to a food process. Process until the ingredients are finely minced.
  2. With the food processor on low, gradually add in the olive oil and process until smooth.
  3. Add the grated parmesan cheese, and process by pulsating a few times, until just combined.
  4. Scoop from the food processor and serve as a dip, on mozzarella cheese or on pasta.

Nutrition Facts

Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 876 Calories from Fat 918
% Daily Value*
Fat 102g157%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 386mg17%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 2750IU55%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 370mg37%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.