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How to Make Pesto

How to Make Pesto

Pesto is the favorite olive oil-based sauce made with basil. Make that gourmet pasta you like with this recipe and enjoy restaurant-quality food at home!

Course Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Keyword How to Make Pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings of 1/4 cup
Calories 235 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 6 cups fresh basil leaves stems removed
  • 1 cup pine nuts toasted for extra flavor if desired
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Add the basil leaves, garlic cloves, and pine nuts to a food processor and blend until the ingredients are finely minced.
  2. With the food processor on low speed, gradually add the olive oil and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the grated parmesan cheese, and blend by pulsating a few times, until just combined.
  4. Scoop the pesto into a serving bowl and use on pasta, salad or as a dip.

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Nutrition Facts
How to Make Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1330IU27%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.