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Classic pesto recipe

Classic pesto recipe

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Pesto is a classic Italian favourite – and this easy recipe takes just 10 minutes to whizz together for a vibrant sauce. Stir through pasta, spread it on pizza as an alternative to tomato sauce, or use to coat meat and fish for maximum flavour. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare
  • 201 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free


  • 30g pine nuts
  • ½ garlic clove
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 30g pack fresh basil, leaves picked
  • 20g Parmesan, finely grated
  • 5 tbsp olive oil

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    21g 29%
  • Saturates

    3g 17%
  • Sugars

    0g 0%
  • Salt

    0.6g 10%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 0.8g Protein 3.2g Fibre 0g


  1. Place the pine nuts in a small frying pan and toast on a low heat until golden. Remove and allow to cool.
  2. Blitz together the garlic, salt, basil and pine nuts in a small food processor to create a coarse paste (or use a pestle and mortar and pound the ingredients together).
  3. Stir in the grated Parmesan and olive oil. If not using immediately, transfer to a small jar or bowl and pour a little oil over the top to cover (this prevents the pesto oxidising), store in the fridge and use within 3 days.

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