Basil and Macadamia Nut Pesto

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on September 5, 2007.



Basil and Macadamia Nut Pesto

  • 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


  1. Place basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese in the bowl of a food processor, process until leaves and nuts are finely chopped.
  2. With the machine running, add olive oil in a slow steady stream.
  3. 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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