Classic Pesto Recipe - Made of fresh basil, garlic, nuts, olive oil, and cheese, this pesto recipe comes together in minutes and adds so much flavor to so many dishes! // addapinch.com
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Classic Pesto Recipe

Classic Pesto Recipe - Made of fresh basil, garlic, nuts, olive oil, and cheese, this pesto recipe comes together in minutes and adds so much flavor to so many dishes!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: classic pesto recipe, pesto, pesto recipe
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 cups basil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 - 1 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Add basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, salt to the bowl of a food processor or high power blender.
  • Turn food processor on and begin slowly pouring olive oil through the chute of the machine, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Store in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze in ice cube trays and then store in zip top bags for a few months.

Notes

Make-Ahead:
Store pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 
Freezer Friendly:
Pour pesto to an ice tray and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer frozen pesto cubes to a zip top freezer bag or other airtight, freezer-safe container and store for up to a year. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 124kcal | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 34mg | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.4mg