Pesto Recipe

A recipe for classic pesto sauce made with fresh basil and only five ingredients; use it for pasta, chicken salad, a spread on sandwiches, or pizza!

Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1427 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
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  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse together the basil, pine nuts and garlic 5 to 7 times, until finely chopped.

  2. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides of the machine and add the cheese. Pulse a few more times to blend.

  3. Serve immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Pesto Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1427 Calories from Fat 1323
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 147g 226%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 606mg 25%
Potassium 392mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 54.8%
Vitamin C 13.9%
Calcium 67.2%
Iron 20.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.