Basil Pesto

Making your own basil pesto from scratch is easy and delicious! Use it as a spread on sandwiches, or as a topping for chicken, roasted vegetables, or whole grain pasta. Keep in mind that pesto is not low in fat, so don’t overdo it.

Have extra? Freeze measured portions of pesto in ice cube trays and pop them into soups or pastas for quick meals.

Try your own homemade basil pesto in this recipe:

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Basil Pesto

Making your own basil pesto from scratch is easy and delicious! Use it as a spread on sandwiches, or as a topping for meat, roasted vegetables, or whole grain pasta.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings, about 2 Tbsp. each
Calories 82 kcal
Author Openfit

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place basil, walnuts, cheese, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Slowly add oil; pulsing constantly.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving (2 Tbsp.)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 176mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 2g 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.