Homemade Basil Pesto

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    If you love Italian, then you have to love Pesto. Personally it’s my favorite Italian sauce for pastas, salads and baked potatoes. Pesto is traditionally made using crushed garlic, basil, olive oil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.

    There are lots of variation though, some use Romano or Pecorino cheese  instead of Parmesan cheese.

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    This recipe makes 1/2 cup of pesto, good enough if you are making pasta for 2.

    I used all the traditional ingredients in this making pesto but you can replace ingredients if you are unable to find them at your local store. Even though traditionally basil is used, pesto can also be made using other greens like cilantro, parsley and arugula.

    Pine nuts can be replaced with walnuts, just make sure you chop them finely before putting them in the food processor.

     

    Method

    1. Using a food processor, combine basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic.

    2. Add the cheese and pulse for a few times more.

    3. Using a spatula, scrape from the sides of the food processor and add garlic salt or normal salt, pepper and olive oil.

    4. Serve with pasta, salads or potatoes.

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    Homemade Basil Pesto

    Traditional basil pesto
    Cuisine Italian
    Servings: 1 /2 cup
    Calories: 709 kcal
    Author: Manali
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    Ingredients

    • 1.25 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
    • 1 garlic clove, big
    • ¼ cup pine nuts
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp garlic salt
    • ¼ tsp pepper, or to taste

    Instructions

    1. Using a food processor, combine basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic.
    2. Add the cheese and pulse for a few times more.
    3. Using a spatula, scrape from the sides of the food processor and add garlic salt or normal salt, pepper and olive oil.
    4. Serve with pasta, salads or potatoes.
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Basil Pesto
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 709 Calories from Fat 639
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 71g 109%
    Saturated Fat 11g 55%
    Cholesterol 17mg 6%
    Sodium 2729mg 114%
    Potassium 289mg 8%
    Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 14g 28%
    Vitamin A 35.6%
    Vitamin C 7.7%
    Calcium 34.9%
    Iron 18.1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

     

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