Source: CanolaInfo Test Kitchen | Category: Marinades, Sauces, Vinaigrettes

Viva Italia! Classic Pesto

Pesto is a classic sauce, which originates from Genoa, Italy.

Viva Italia! Classic Pesto


  • 1 cup sweet basil leaves, washed and dried completely 250 mL
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 250 mL
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts 75 mL
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3/4 cup canola oil 175 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • 1/4 tsp pepper 1 mL


  • 1. In a food processor combine basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of canola oil; blend. As blending continues slowly add the remaining oil so that the sauce emulsfies. Add salt and pepper to taste. Label with date and keep refrigerated. Use within 1 to 2 days.


1 3/4 cup (425 mL)

serving size

1 Tbsp (15 mL)

nutritional analysis

Per serving

Total Fat9 g
Saturated Fat1.5 g
Cholesterol5 mg
Carbohydrates1 g
Fiber0 g
Protein2 g
Sodium115 mg