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Giada's Basil Pesto


The most basic, traditional pesto. Use with pasta or other Italian dishes -- Good on fish too!

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  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Servings 1
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 15mins


Step 1

Toast pine nuts on a cookie sheet in a 400°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a blender (I used food processor), pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper until finely chopped. With it still running, gradually add enough oil to form a smooth and thick consistency.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheese. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

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