Classic Pesto

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This basil sauce is traditionally made using a mortar and pestle to pound it into a paste. This recipe uses a food processor for an easier preparation, but you could also use a blender. Pesto can be used as a pasta sauce, a sandwich spread, or a stuffing enhancement. It also is the perfect condiment to stir into minestrone.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. plain yogurt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lay the pine nuts out in an even layer on an ungreased baking sheet pan; bake for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, chop the garlic and nuts together to make a paste.
  • Add the basil and 2 tablespoons of the oil to the food processor and process with the nuts and garlic.
  • With the processor running and the pour hole on the top open, pour the rest of the oil in a thin stream into the basil mixture to form a purée.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and salt, and process to blend.
  • Store with a teaspoon of plain yogurt stirred into the pesto to prevent it from turning black.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. plain yogurt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lay the pine nuts out in an even layer on an ungreased baking sheet pan; bake for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, chop the garlic and nuts together to make a paste.
  • Add the basil and 2 tablespoons of the oil to the food processor and process with the nuts and garlic.
  • With the processor running and the pour hole on the top open, pour the rest of the oil in a thin stream into the basil mixture to form a purée.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and salt, and process to blend.
  • Store with a teaspoon of plain yogurt stirred into the pesto to prevent it from turning black.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories370
Total Fat39g
Saturated Fat6g
Cholesterol5mg
Sodium410mg
Total Carbohydrate2g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars1g
Protein5g