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Homemade Basil Pesto with Pine Nuts

Homemade Basil Pesto with Pine Nuts
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Homemade Basil Pesto with Pine Nut

Pesto with pine nuts and basil

I love basil pesto and normally when I make something with it, I take the easy route and buy the little jar of premade pesto. The problem for me is that itย is full of oil making a 1/4 cup 240 calories! I wanted to try and make a homemade basil pesto that was a little lighter. I lightened up the oil and added some pine nuts into this one because I wanted a subtle, sweet flavor and crunch to my basil pesto. Plus, a 1/4 cup of this has 142 calories.ย 



  • 2 cups chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Throw all your ingredients into a food processor and blend it up for a few minutes until smooth. Doesn’t get much easier than that for homemade basil pesto, now does it?

Pine nuts for basil pesto




Nutritional information is for the entire recipe. Recipe makes 3/4 of a cup.
Nutritional Information: Calories – 427 Carbs – 8 Fat – 41 Protein – 14ย 


4 thoughts on “Homemade Basil Pesto with Pine Nuts”

  • Hey girl!

    Another fantastic recipe! Pesto scares the crap out of me for some reason but I’ll muster up some courage deep down and try this one out!
    This will be featured on my next link-up on Friday the 22nd. Stop by and check it out and share any new projects you are working on : )
    (I’m sure you have a few ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    • Well I think I took all the skill out of this one completely hahaha. Wow that’s super awesome thank you, what a great way to end my night. Awesome news ๐Ÿ™‚

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