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Pesto With Pine Nuts Recipe

In just 5 minutes and using just a few ingredients, a versatile pesto with pine nuts recipe is ready. Pairs well with so many recipes!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 1 cup basil leaves fresh
  • 1 cup spinach fresh
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 black pepper or to taste


  • Place basil, spinach, garlic and pine nuts into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. With food processor running, gradually add olive oil and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl and stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Replace basil with 1 cup fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves and 2 tablespoons fresh thyme.
  • Substitute finely chopped walnuts for pine nuts.
  • Add a squirt or two of lemon juice for an added touch of freshness.
  • For those of you with nut allergies, replace the nuts in the recipe with 3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese!


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 559IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
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