Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


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Basil Pesto

Servings : 6 | Serving size: 2 Tablespoons

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and freezes fairly well. Refrigerated, this recipe keeps about 3 - 4 days tightly sealed.


  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 cups fresh basil
  • 1 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.

Basil Pesto recipe from Dr. Gourmet

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 Tablespoons

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 86 Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 2g 8%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 10% Iron 6%
Vitamin K 120 mcg Potassium 158 mg
Magnesium 32 mg