Traditional Pesto Sauce

    10 minutes

    This is a great traditional pesto recipe with just the old fashion, time tested ingredients. I like to make a big batch and keep the leftovers in the fridge for busy nights.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
    • 1 cup (250ml) olive oil
    • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup pine nuts
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 dash nutmeg

    Preparation:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Blend the basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt and nutmeg in a blender until smooth.
    2. Use immediately or refrigerate until required.

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    This was excellent! The basil I used was extremely flavorful bursting with a healthy and wholesome taste and the color was beautiful. I would suggest adding the salt to taste since the parmesan cheese has salt in it. I eat Pesto a lot and when I don't have the preferred pine nuts I substitute walnuts another common ingredient in Pesto. I find Pesto extremely versatile beyond it's common use over pasta and the base for a brochette. Use it as a sandwich spread, tossed with vegetables like tomatoes, spread over fish, bake it on top of pita bread, stuff a brie cheese with it. It stores in your refrigerator for several weeks and can be frozen as well. Oh, and this whips up in under five minutes! This is part of my regular rotation inspired by what ingredients I have on hand to slather this onto!  -  29 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Mommamia! This recipe has way too much salt! I added more basil, olive oil and garlic to try and fix the problem - not the greatest -but otherwise I would try again 1/4 teas. salt to start? and use 3 cloves of garlic. I like the nutmeg idea, though.  -  10 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This pesto is great. I made the mistake in using a canola I didn't have any olive oil on hand. But, I used it on grilled chicken, and once the oil cooks the pesto is delicious! also, it was a bit runnier than I had hoped (not a dipping consistency), I might add more basil next time. Thanks!!  -  05 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)