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Classic Pesto 150 Image by: Classic Pesto 150 Author: Canadian Living

Pesto is traditionally an uncooked sauce made of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Prior to the days of food processors, the ingredients were crushed using a mortar and pestle. This fresh-tasting sauce is an ideal topper for pasta, pizza, bruschetta, grilled meats and more.

  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine:September 2012



In food processor, pulse together cheese, pine nuts and garlic until coarsely ground. Add basil, salt and pepper; pulse 6 times.

With motor running, add oil in thin steady stream until smooth. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.)

Nutritional facts Per 1 tbsp: about

  • Fibre trace
  • Sodium 112 mg
  • Sugars trace
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 99.0
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Potassium 60 mg
  • Cholesterol 4 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
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