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Nutrition Facts

Calories 377
  Calories from Fat 336 (89%)
(59%)Total Fat 38g
(32%)Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 23g
(4%)Cholesterol 11mg
(8%)Sodium 199mg
(5%)Potassium 190mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
(5%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(14%)Protein 7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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Fresh Basil Pesto


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 3 med garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

  • 1 dash kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 dash pepper, or to taste

Good pesto doesn’t depend on exact ingredient amounts, so feel free to tailor it to suit your tastes.


  • Combine fresh basil, garlic, and pine nuts in food processor. Pulse until fine.
  • Slowly stream in the olive oil while the food processor is on.
  • Then scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl and add Parmesan. Pulse until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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