Basic Basil Pesto

Simplicity reigns in this traditional sauce--just basil, garlic, cheese and olive oil. Our one modification? We like omega-3-laden walnuts in the mix for their crunch and delicate flavor, but pine nuts, almonds, pecans or even pistachios may be substituted for the walnuts.

Recipe from EatingWell
Basic Basil Pesto
SERVINGS
8
YIELD
About 1 cup
PREP TIME
20 mins
TOTAL TIME
20 mins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, (2-3 bunches)
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
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Directions
1. 
Place basil, walnuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, oil, water, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse a few times, then process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally.
Tip:
1. 
Tip: To toast walnuts: Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 83, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 2, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 1, Monosaturated fat (g) 5, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 2, sodium (mg) 176, Potassium (mg) 104, Fat () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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