A must-have recipe in your repertoire. Peppery basil, sharp pecorino romano cheese, earthy and salty pine nuts, and good olive oil. Perfect for pasta, bruschetta, polenta, or as a sandwich spread.
Perfect Every Time Classic Basil Pesto
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A must-have recipe in your repertoire. Peppery basil, sharp pecorino romano cheese, earthy and salty pine nuts, and good olive oil. Perfect for pasta, bruschetta, polenta, or as a sandwich spread.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 459 kcal
Author: AbraPappa
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh basil tightly packed
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts toasted (see note)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup good olive oil extra virgin, first cold pressed
  • 1/3 cup pecorino romano cheese grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add basil, pine nuts, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor, process until well chopped. While the processor is running pour olive oil into the feed tube until the pesto comes together. Add cheese, salt, and pepper. Pulse until well combined. 

  2. Transfer to a bowl and use immediately. See notes for storage tips.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Every Time Classic Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 1568mg68%
Potassium 551mg16%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 5200IU104%
Vitamin C 18.2mg22%
Calcium 525mg53%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.