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Fresh Pesto Recipe

Looking for an easy Fresh Pesto recipe? Learn how to make Fresh Pesto using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by mmhansen

Makes 8 servings



The greatest fresh pesto. This is not my recipe just borrowed and loved dearly from 101 CookBooks.com

Recipe Ingredients for Fresh Pesto

1 cup basil, leaves only
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup raw pine nuts
3/4 cup Parmesan
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Recipe Directions for Fresh Pesto

  1. Start chopping the garlic along with about 1/3 of the basil leaves. Once this is loosely chopped add more basil, chop some more, add the rest of the basil, chop some more. I scrape and chop, gather and chop. At this point the basil and garlic should be a very fine mince. Add about half the pine nuts, chop. Add the rest of the pine nuts, chop. Add half of the Parmesan, chop. Add the rest of the Parmesan, and chop. In the end you want a chop so fine that you can press all the ingredients into a basil "cake" - see the photo up above. Transfer the pesto "cake" to a small bowl (not much bigger than the cake). Cover with a bit of olive oil, it doesn't take much, just a few tablespoons.

  2. You can set this aside or place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Just before serving give the pesto a quick stir to incorporate some of the oil into the basil. She occasionally thins the pesto with a splash of pasta water for more coverage, but for our gnocchi this wasn't necessary.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 22.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
111
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
10.0g
15%
Saturated Fat
2.4g
12%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Sodium
144mg
6%
Potassium
59mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates
1.6g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0.3g
1%
Sugars
0.3g
Protein
4.6g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 11% Iron 3%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C+
  Good points
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in manganese
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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