Fresh Basil Pesto

Courtesy of Maudine Thomas


2 C Basil, fresh leaves, packed
3 Garlic cloves, minced (1 Tablespoon)
1/3 C Pine nuts
2 T Lemon Juice, fresh
1 T Lemon zest
1/3 C Olive oil
1/3 C Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated


1. Place Basil leaves and pine nuts in bowl of food processor and pulse several times.
2. Add garlic, cheese, lemon juice and zest. Pulse several more times and scrape down sides of the food processor bowl with a spatula.
3. While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil in a small steady stream. Occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue until all of the oil is added and mixture is evenly mixed.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Store in an airtight container with plastic wrap touching the top of the pesto to prevent darkening.

Alternately, one cup baby spinach can be substituted for one cup of the basil leaves.


Fresh Basil Pesto