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5 Minute Basil Pesto (Without Pine Nuts)

Kathleen Higashiyama
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.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 170 kcal


  • 2 cups Fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup Freshly grated Parmigiano-reggiano
  • ¼ cup Walnuts
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper


  • 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: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 174mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 366IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 1mg
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