Recipe: Garden Fresh Pesto

Did your garden yield an abundance of basil this year? Then You'll love our super-easy recipe for a delicious and flavorful basil pesto. Just a handful of clean ingredients thrown into your food processor and you'll have pesto that you can slather on warm bread, hearty pasta dishes and more! Best part - it's freezable!

Recipe: Garden Fresh Pesto

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: None
Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: 2 tablespoons


  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, (2-3 bunches)

  • ¼ cup pine nuts

  • ¼ cup reduced-fat Parmesan cheese

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, water, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor.

  2. Pulse a few times, then process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally.

  3. Store in an air-tight container.


Nutrition Information
Per Serving: (2 tablespoons)
Calories: 65
Calories from fat: 61
Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 2mg
Sodium: 147mg
Carbohydrates: 1g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 0g
Protein: 1g
SmartPoints: 2


The nutrition content of recipes on have been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.