Giada's Basil Pesto

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

Giada's Basil Pesto
Giada's Basil Pesto

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

15

minutes

SERVINGS

1

serving

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

15

minutes

SERVINGS

1

servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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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