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Homemade Basic Pesto

This Homemade Basic Pesto recipe blends 5 fresh ingredients together to create a vibrant, bright, and flavorful sauce. Use it on anything, from pasta, to pizza, to seafood!
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Author: Jackie Bogart
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: appetizer, summer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 8 tablespoons


  • 1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
  • cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place everything except the olive oil, salt and pepper into a food processor.
  • Pulse until finely chopped, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly stream in the olive oil while the food processor is running on high.
  • Remove from food processor, salt, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
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  • Recipe makes ½ cup


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg