Fresh Basil Pesto With Variations
10 mins (prep 10)
8 ingredients
1 servings
A basic pesto sauce using fresh basil and pine nuts. Traditionally pesto is made by grinding fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil & nuts by hand with a mortar and pestle. While fun to do, it is time consuming, but with modern conveniences we can now cheat a little bit. This recipe uses a food processor but you can also finely chop everything with a good knife or a mezzaluna. See *Note below for a list of optional ingredients and feel free to use and experiment with any combination of herbs and nuts you may have available.

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Serving Size (237.45 g)
Servings 1
Amount per Serving
Calories 1580.89 Calories from Fat 1368.63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 152.07g 233.95%
Saturated Fat 20.39g 101.93%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 11.83mg 3.94%
Sodium 1847.76mg 76.99%
Total Carbohydrate 32.52g 10.84%
Dietary Fiber 1.85 g 7.42%
Sugars 2.59 g %
Protein 30.39g 60.79%
Vitamin A 103.18IU% Vitamin C 3.17mg%
Calcium 498.59mg% Iron 6.27mg%
*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, fresh ground black pepper