The reason I love basil pesto so much is because it’s simple to make, cost efficient, smells delicious and oh, did I mention delicious?! This is one of my go-to recipes when I’m in a pinch. This is the reason I buy fresh basil plants at Trader Joe’s during the summer months! It works perfectly hot or cold and can easily be frozen to save. Pesto is simply the BEST!
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My boyfriend and I had a disagreement on if pine nuts were really that important in the pesto. I have never personally put pine nuts in my pesto. Even though I know it’s traditionally in the recipe, I never have pine nuts on hand and don’t miss the taste! What do you think?
Author: Alexis Sanchez
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1½ tablespoons of lemon juice
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- ¼ cup pine nuts, OPTIONAL! 😉
- In a food processor, add your basil leaves, minced garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
- Pulse the ingredients until they are chopped up to almost smooth.
- At this point, with the processor running, drizzle in the oil until you reach the consistently you desire. If you want a thick pesto = less oil. Thinner/runner pesto = more oil.
- Remove the blade carefully from the processor, stir your pesto with a spoon.
- Now the choice is yours on where to use this, cold or hot, this pesto is simply the best! ENJOY!