Classic Pesto
20 mins (prep 20)
8 ingredients
4 servings
Basil is a summer herb that can be expensive and difficult to locate in wintertime. I made and froze this pesto about a month ago, while the weather was still balmy and basil was plentiful here in the South. It thawed beautifully, and tasted fantastic.If basil is unavailable at the market during winter, ask the chef at an Italian restaurant to order it for you. If I ask the owner of our local Carrabba's in advance, he adds my request to his bulk order and sells it to me year-round. For more information, ideas for how to use pesto, and photos of this receipe, visit

Categories:  <-30-mins , european , easy , 3-steps-or-less , main-dish , quick , vegetarian , low-carb , low-in... , one-dish-meal , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (36.2 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 271.66 Calories from Fat 267.93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29.77g 183.2%
Saturated Fat 3.61g 72.14%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 291.46mg 48.58%
Total Carbohydrate 1.65g 2.21%
Dietary Fiber 0.42 g 6.77%
Sugars 0.4 g %
Protein 1.56g 12.46%
Vitamin A 3.27IU% Vitamin C 0.28mg%
Calcium 3.29mg% Iron 0.75mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fresh basil leaves, grated parmesan cheese, fresh ground black pepper