Classic Pesto

Updated May 31, 2017 by

classic basil pesto
Diana Rattray

This delicious pesto is easy to prepare with your fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor. I used walnuts in this pesto, but pecans would work well. Or use the more traditional pine nuts. Toss the pesto with hot cooked pasta or serve as an appetizer spread with crackers and cheese.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Pesto Recipe



In a food processor, in batches, process the basil leaves until chopped. Add thegarlic and nuts and pulse about 6 to 8 times. Add about half of the olive oil pulse until blended. With the processor running, ad the remaining olive oil in a steady stream. Add the Parmesan cheese and process until well blended. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.

Makes about 1 cup of pesto.

Calories per serving: about 158 per 2 tablespoons

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