I have made arugula pesto before but have wanted to make traditional basil pesto for a while now.
This recipe was super easy and you can store in your freezer if you don’t want to use it right away!
Basil Pesto
  • ⅓ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 large package of basil, approx. 4oz
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  1. Toast the pine nuts over low to medium heat until they are slightly browned - you will be able to smell them once they start toasting!
  2. Transfer the pine nuts to a food processor. Add the basil. Pulse until combined.
  3. Add the garlic and juice from ½ a lemon and pulse again.
  4. With the food processor running and add the olive oil in a continuous stream, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Add the grated cheese and pulse until combined.
  6. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Makes approx. 1 cup


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