Basil Pesto
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Serves: 2 cups
Simply A (RD) Fact: Did you know that basil is used as a medicinal herb in Asia?
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3-6 cloves of garlic, finely minced - adjust garlic amount per your preference
  • ½ cup walnut halves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 cups basil leaves, washed and dried thoroughly
  • ½-¾ cup olive oil, depending what consistency you desire
  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine parmesan cheese, garlic, walnuts, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the cheese/walnut mixture is the consistency of sand.
  2. Add in the basil and continue to pulse until completely blended into the cheese/walnut mixture.
  3. Turn the food processor to the "on" position, slowly pour in the olive oil - stop when you reach your desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  4. Serve as a pasta sauce, as a sandwich spread, or as a salad dressing!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tablespoons Calories: 140 calories Fat: 14gm Saturated fat: 2.75gm Carbohydrates: 1gm Sodium: 98mg Fiber: < 0.5gm Protein: 3gm Cholesterol: 5mg
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