Tender browned chicken, smothered in a creamy pesto sauce with pasta and tomatoes. A delicious Italian inspired meal that can feed a crowd. Easily double it for more than 4, the family loves it! www.keviniscooking.com
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5 from 1 vote

Fresh Pesto

The perfect pesto and so quick to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, garlic, green pesto, pesto, pine nuts
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 3/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 4 medium sized garlic cloves
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves packed
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Add all ingredients except for basil and olive oil to food processor. Blend with pulsing motion for a minute or so to breakdown and form a paste.
  • Next add the basil and with processor running slowly add the oil in a steady stream to blend thoroughly.
  • This makes 1 cup of fresh basil pesto which can be used over hot pasta or as a dipping sauce.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 154mg | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1.4mg