Sun Basket Pistou

Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Soy Free

5 - 6 Servings, 310 Calories/Serving

8 - 10 Minutes

Pesto's French cousin is almost identical to the Italian version, only it's made without the pine nuts. It's a traditional condiment for Provençal soupe au pistou, which bears a strong resemblance to Tuscany's minestrone. A sauce this simple demands the best quality ingredients. Look for the brightest, most fragrant bunches of basil you can find and pull out your good olive oil. It'll make all the difference.


  • ¼ pound fresh basil
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt



Prep the ingredients

  • Strip the basil leaves from the stems. Coarsely chop the leaves.
  • Coarsely chop the garlic.


Make the pistou

In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, and Parmesan until combined. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until to make a coarse purée. Add the salt and pulse to combine. Taste add more salt if desired.



Transfer the pistou to air tight container and press a sheet of plastic wrap directly on to the surface. Seal with an airtight lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for as long as three months.

Nutrition per serving: per serving (about 2 T): Calories: 310, Protein: 5 g, Total Fat: 31 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 22 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Added Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 420 mg

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