Basil and Macadamia Nut Pesto

Featured in Star Bulletin on September 5, 2007.

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Ingredients:

5 cups sweet basil leaves, well packed
1/2 cup whole macadamia nuts
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese in the bowl of a food processor, process until leaves and nuts are finely chopped. With the machine running, add olive oil in a slow steady stream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per 1 Tablespoon serving (not including salt to taste):
50 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

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