This classic Italian sauce makes the most of simple ingredients, marrying them into a luxurious and versatile mixture that is delicious on pasta, pizza, chicken, fish, vegetables and grains. Raw Pine Nuts add texture and creaminess to the finished product.

Prep time: 0 min

Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 10 min

Italian Pesto
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 4 servings

  • 2 Cups Fresh Basil

  • 4 Ounces Premium Raw Pine Nuts

  • 4 Cloves Garlic

  • 2/3 Cup Olive Oil

  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • 1 Pound Cooked Pasta


  1. Boil 1 quart water with 1/4 cup salt, and blanche basil for 5 or 6 seconds. Remove basil and transfer to ice water to cease cooking and hold color. Using paper or cloth towel, wring out basil to dry.

  2. Combine basil, pine nuts and garlic in high-speed blender or food processor, and process until mixture is finely ground. While machine is still running, slowly add olive oil.

  3. Once oil has blended into basil mixture, transfer mixture to saucepan, bring to a boil and stir in Parmesan cheese.

  4. Toss with 1 pound of cooked, warm pasta.