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Healthy Pesto Sauce

This Healthy Pesto Sauce is about to become your new favorite sauce. It’s simple to make, yet packed with good-for-you ingredients. Use it with your favorite pasta, on salads, and as a savory spread for sandwiches!

Categories Sauce
Difficulty Easy
Keyword how to make pesto sauce, pesto sauce, pesto sauce recipe
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 12 tbsp
Calories 132 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 2 1/2 oz fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts can substitute walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2-4 cloves garlic depending on how strong of a garlic taste you like
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper plus more to taste


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to your desired consistency.
  2. You can also pulse the garlic and pine nuts together before the other ingredients to break them down a little bit more.
  3. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Pesto Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 140mg6%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 336IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.