Healthy Meal Prep
Basic Basil Pesto Recipe

Basic Basil Pesto


Five basic ingredients are all you need to make this easy basil pesto--enjoy the robust nutty flavor on pizza, pasta, or bruschetta!


  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Place pine nuts in a single layer in a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer immediately to a plate to stop the cooking process; allow to cool, about 5 minutes.
  2. Combine pine nuts, basil, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until blended. Pour olive oil in slowly, with the processor running on low speed, until mixture is smooth. Add Parmesan cheese and process just until combined.

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Nutritional Information

Basic Basil Pesto

Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 218.3
% Daily Value *
protein: 8 %
carbohydrates: 1 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 2 %
fat: 34 %
saturated fat: 20 %
cholesterol: 2 %
vitamin a iu: 15 %
niacin equivalents: 8 %
vitamin b6: 3 %
vitamin c: 5 %
folate: 3 %
calcium: 10 %
iron: 4 %
magnesium: 7 %
potassium: 2 %
sodium: 4 %
thiamin: 3 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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