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5 Minute Basil Pesto (Without Pine Nuts)

This 5 Minute Pesto is one of the most commonly used condiments in our kitchen. We use it as spread for sandwiches, garnish for cheeseboards, and a light sauce for pasta. It is garlicky, cheesy, and packed full of flavor.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 170kcal



  • Blend basil and cheese - Place basil and cheese in the food processor container. Pulse until well-blended, about 30 seconds.
    2 cups Fresh basil leaves, ½ cup Freshly grated Parmigiano-reggiano
  • Add and blend walnuts and garlic - Add in walnuts and garlic, and blend for another minute.
    ¼ cup Walnuts, 2 Garlic cloves
  • Add and blend salt, pepper, and olive oil - Add in salt, pepper, and olive oil. Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste if necessary.
    ¼ teaspoon Salt, ⅛ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper, ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg