Basil Pesto Sauce

Basil pesto sauce is a favorite healthy starter sauce. Its quite simple if you know these secrets. First, the ingredient that needs to be of best quality is read more

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Basil Pesto Sauce
Basil Pesto Sauce
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Basil pesto sauce is a favorite healthy starter sauce. Its quite simple if you know these secrets. First, the ingredient that needs to be of best quality is ... read more
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Servings Prep Time
people 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
people 15minutes
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  1. Gather the ingredients for making basil pesto sauce. Then read the tips found here.

    Basil Pesto Sauce - Ingredients
  2. Put the basil in a blender.

  3. Add to the top pine nuts and cheese.

    Basil Pesto Sauce - Pine nuts are a key ingredient
  4. Pour over the top olive oil and lemon juice.

    Basil Pesto Sauce - Quality olive oil is needed for making the sauce
  5. Add the spices.

    Basil Pesto Sauce - Blending the ingredients together
  6. Blend everything together only long enough to combine the ingredients together.

    Basil Pesto Sauce - Add all ingredients to a blender
  7. Serve basil pesto sauce with your chosen dish. Use 1/2 of the recipe for (1 lbs / 0.5 kg) of noodles, which is considered 8 servings. Save remaining for a later use.

    Basil Pesto Sauce
Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 10%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Notes

Chef Tips: Making great Basil Pesto Sauce

Ingredients are important when making this recipe. If you use the best ingredients then your result will turn out for the best.  Although most recipes for basil pesto sauce do not call for lemon juice, I add it to aid in preserving the sauce. Also when you store the sauce to make another day, store it in an air tight container, and make sure that there is a sufficient amount of olive oil to completely cover the top of the pesto sauce. This film of olive oil on the top keeps air out and prevents the deterioration of the basil. Although my recipe shows that one can just blend the raw basil leaves, there is one other step you can do to enhance the color of the end resulting basil pesto sauce. You can blanch and cold soak the the leaves prior to blending. To do this boil a pot of water, toss the leaves in, and then immediately strain, and put the leave in an ice water bath. This will brighten the color of the leaves and the color of the resulting sauce.

Serving Size = 1/8 cup

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