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Basic Pesto

About the Recipe

This classic sauce adds great flavor to anything—pasta, rice, vegetables, sandwiches and more.

Makes about 1 Cup


  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse 5 to 7 times, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed, then blend until everything is well combined. Serve immediately, stirred into warm cooked pasta or as a spread. Pesto can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month.

YIELD: 1 cup  I PREP TIME: 5 min I COOK TIME: 0 min I TOTAL TIME: 5 min