Easy Basil Pesto

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Easy Basil Pesto
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Difficulty:
easy
Difficulty
Preparation:
15 min.
Preparation
Calories:
80
calories
Calories

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Nutritional values

This is an incredibely healthy sauce: the basil contributes an array of antioxidants, the pine nuts and olive oil add heart-healthy fats, and the parmesan adds calcium and protein.

As healthy as this sauce is, it is very high in fat and calories. One tablespoon already contains 125 calories. So remember to use it sparringly. It's so flavorful that a little does go a long way.

1 glass contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie80 kcal(4 %)
Protein2 g(2 %)
Fat7 g(6 %)
Carbohydrates1 g(1 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage0.5 g(2 %)
Vitamin A19 mg(2,375 %)
Vitamin D0.1 μg(1 %)
Vitamin E0.2 mg(2 %)
Vitamin B₁0 mg(0 %)
Niacin0 mg(0 %)
Vitamin B₆0.32 mg(23 %)
Folate10.2 μg(3 %)
Pantothenic acid0.1 mg(2 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.2 μg(7 %)
Vitamin C1.87 mg(2 %)
Potassium41.06 mg(1 %)
Calcium71.86 mg(7 %)
Magnesium10.5 mg(4 %)
Iron0.79 mg(5 %)
Zinc0.63 mg(8 %)
Saturated fatty acids8.66 g
Cholesterol6 mg
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Ingredients

for
2
Ingredients
3 ½ ounces
7 ounces
4
7 ounces
freshly grated Parmesan (or Pecorino)
10 ounces

Preparation steps

1.

Slowly toast the pine nuts in a dry pan. Shake frequently. Remove the pine nuts from the pan and let cool.

2.

Rinse the basil, pat dry, and remove the leaves from the stems. 

3.

Peel the garlic, then puree in a blender with the pine nuts, a pinch of salt, basil, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. If necessary you can add a little more oil. The pesto should have a thick and creamy consistency. Season to taste with salt, then pour into jars. Cover the pesto with a thin layer of olive oil, then seal the jars tightly.