Tried-and-True Basil Pesto Recipe

Tried-and-True Basil Pesto. If there’s one pesto recipe to clip and save, it’s this one.
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  • 1 cupServings


  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3–4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon zest, optional
  • ½ tsp. salt, optional
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper, optional
  • 4 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup olive oil


  1. Blend pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper (if using) in a food processor until finely chopped. Add basil, and blend 1 minute, or until finely chopped, scraping down sides of bowl once or twice. With motor running, add oil in steady stream, and process until smooth.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1-Tbs
  • Calories: 103
  • Cholesterol Content: 1 mg
  • Fat Content: 11 g
  • Protein Content: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 20 mg