Classic Pesto Recipe

Glass of organic ramson pesto and parmesan
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 3/4 cup (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
127 Calories
6g Fat
16g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3/4 cup (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Protein 8g
Calcium 590mg 45%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic Italian sauce is so easy and versatile, you'll want to keep some always on hand in the refrigerator. Pesto is traditionally made with pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, basil, and Parmesan cheese. It's most popular use is tossed with pasta. Walnuts may be substituted for pine nuts in a pinch.


  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (extra-virgin)
  • 4 cups basil (leaves)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (fresh, grated)

Steps to Make It

You will need a food processor or strong blender. With the motor running, drop the pine nuts and garlic through the feed chute. Process until finely minced. Add the olive oil and pulse three times. Add basil, Parmesan cheese, and salt to the processor bowl. Process until finely minced, scraping down sides.

Refrigerate leftovers and use within 1 week.

Per 1 tablespoon serving: 58 calories, 82 percent calories from fat, 2 grams protein, 1 gram carbohydrate, .65 gram total fiber, 5 grams total fat, 3 milligrams cholesterol, 109 milligrams sodium