Basic Basil Pesto

Basic Basil Pesto

Makes: about 1 cup
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Simplicity reigns in this traditional sauce—just basil, garlic, cheese and olive oil. Our one modification? We like omega-3-laden walnuts in the mix for their crunch and delicate flavor, but pine nuts, almonds, pecans or even pistachios may be substituted for the walnuts.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, (2-3 bunches)
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Place basil, walnuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, oil, water, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse a few times, then process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally.

Tips & Notes

Tip: To toast walnuts: Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8
  • Amount Per 2-tablespoon serving
  • Calories 82
  • % Daily values *
  • 12% Total Fat 8g
    • 5% Saturated Fat 1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 5g
  • 1% Cholesterol 2mg
  • 2% Potassium 75mg
  • 7% Sodium 176mg
  • 0% Total Carbohydrate 1g
    • 4% Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 0g
  • 4% Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate Equals 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Equals 25g 30g

Recipe by EatingWell.com

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