Basil Pesto Spread Recipe

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Summer’s remaining basil harvest can become the makings of delicious pesto to serve on crackers or crusty bread. And it does freeze well too for uses into the fall season and beyond. Easy to make and very nutritious compared to many typical spreads.

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Servings: 24 tablespoons


Cost per serving $14.51 view details


  1. Pulse the basil, cheese, nuts and salt briefly in food processor until basil volume is reduced to a medium coarseness.
  2. Add oil in slow stream through cover pour hole, and process until well incorporated.
  3. Taste and adjust salt as needed; add an additional tablespoon of oil if needed for texture and spreading quality.
  4. Serve with crackers or crusty bread as a spread, or use on cooked pasta.
  5. Yield: About 1 1/2 cups (24 tablespoons)


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 9g
Recipe makes 24 servings
Calories 52  
Calories from Fat 45 87%
Total Fat 5.1g 6%
Saturated Fat 1.02g 4%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Potassium 20mg 1%
Total Carbs 0.41g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 0.1g 0%
Protein 1.44g 2%
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