This pesto highlights the basil and pine nuts first and melds them together with just the right amount of freshly grated cheese and extra-virgin olive oil. Try it instead of red sauce on pizza or tossed with warm pasta.

G. Franco Romagnoli
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1995


Recipe Summary

15 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place basil, pine nuts, garlic and salt in a food processor and pulse until a fairly smooth paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in cheese, then stir in oil.



Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts

86 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 1g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 0.2g; fat 8.8g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 1mg; vitamin a iu 420.8IU; vitamin c 1.6mg; folate 7mcg; calcium 16mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 17.1mg; potassium 54.1mg; sodium 237.9mg.

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Rating: 3 stars
Watch the salt. I thought this came out really salty with 1/2 tsp of salt. I made it again with no salt and thought it needed just a little bit. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Freeze in portions I grow basil and make a largish quantity then freeze in portions. So handy to pull out as a dip for guests or to coat chicken prior to grilling to make a standard meal a little special. Add a little lemon juice to stop the pesto going black as soon as air hits it. (Still tastes the same but I wouldn't put it in front of guests once it has darkened) Pros: So handy to have in the freezer; use as dip a spread a pizza sauce or spread on chicken and grill Cons: Basil tends to darken quickly Read More