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Classic Pesto
Work Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Pesto Presto! This savory herb sauce is super easy to whip up. And classic pesto isn't just for pasta, so blend and enjoy!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, Classic pesto
Yield: 2 cups
Calories: 1287 kcal
  • 4 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • ¾ cup (3½ oz) pine nuts lightly toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients, except the oil, in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil into the feed tube. Use immediately or freeze for up to a month.
Recipe Notes

To intensify the green color of your pesto, blanch herbs for five seconds in boiling water, then shock them in ice water and squeeze dry; continue with the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1287 Calories from Fat 1170
% Daily Value*
Fat 130g200%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 1350mg59%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 2965IU59%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 653mg65%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.