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
US Customary - Metric


  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*
Fat 147g226%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 606mg26%
Potassium 392mg11%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 2740IU55%
Vitamin C 11.5mg14%
Calcium 672mg67%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.