Basil Pesto

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Feb. 17, 2011

The Natural Princess whips up one of the easiest sauces around.


Fresh basil leaves 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Pine nuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm) , chopped
Extra virgin olive oil 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs) (as required)
Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) , grated



1. In a pot boil some water with salt in it to cook the pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and set aside.


2. Into the food processor add the fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, salt, pepper and garlic. Pulverize the ingredients in the food processor and continue the process by streaming in the olive oil till you get the desired consistency.

3. Once done, using a spatula scrape the mixture out into a bowl.

4. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese into the pulverized ingredients and mix well.


5. Serve the basil pesto mixed with cooked pasta.


Though pesto is a sauce typically served with pasta it may be served with certain chicken or meat dishes as well.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 442Calories from Fat 409

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 45 g68.9%

Saturated Fat 5.02 g25.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 8.5 mg

Sodium 300 mg12.5%

Total Carbohydrates 2 g0.8%

Dietary Fiber 0.37 g1%

Sugars 0.4 g

Protein 6 g11.6%

Vitamin A 1.1% Vitamin C 1.4%

Calcium 15.4% Iron 3.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet