Basil Pesto
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup pine nuts, raw or lightly toasted
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, to taste
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oilor to taste
  • 1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheesepreferably a mix
  1. Place all ingredients except cheese in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl and stir in cheese. Serve or refrigerate for up to three days. (Cover with a thin layer of olive oil to prevent browning.)
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING (1 tablespoon): 33 cal, 4g fat (2g mono, 1g poly, 1g sat), 1mg chol, 1g protein, 1g carb, 0g fiber, 76mg sodium