Recipe Details

Pesto Sauce

Number of Servings: 8

Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Pesto sauce has so many wonderful uses. It is always terrific tossed with pasta, but you can also use it as a dressing for mozzarella and tomato salad, mix it with chicken and vegetables for chicken salad, or serve it as a topping for poached fish or grilled chicken breasts, or as a spread instead of garlic butter on bread.

A little bit of pesto goes a long way -- use this "green gold" sparingly. Pesto freezes well, so make an extra batch to enjoy later. For convenient ready-to-use portions, freeze the pesto in ice cube trays. Just pop out the amount you need and bring it to room temperature before serving.

Name: Amount:
loosely packed basil leaves 1 cup
garlic 2 ea
pine nuts 2 Tbsp
Parmesan cheese, grated 2 Tbsp
fresh ground black pepper 0.25 tsp
extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp

Combine all the ingredients except the oil in the food processor or blender. Process until almost smooth.


Pour the oil through the feed tube with the processor or blender running at the slowest speed, and process until blended.

Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories 52
Calories from Fat 46
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 28mg
Potassium n/a
Carbohydrates 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a
Folic Acid n/a
Dietary Exchange 1 Fat, monounsaturated