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Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄2cups basil
  • 2 -5garlic cloves
  • 1⁄4cup pine nuts
  • 1⁄4cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄8cup lemon juice
  • 1⁄8cup olive oil

Directions:

  • Mix everything together in food processor except the oil and lemon.
  • Once everything is mixed well, drizzle with lemon and oil.
  • Mix until well blended.
  • Serve on pasta or just about anything that needs a pick me up.
  • Will keep in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Enjoy!

Reviews:

  • Vic1

    Wow, I have used this recipe three or four times now, and feel I must check in. I put it on a spinach fettuccini, and I will tell you, it is good, hot or cold. Cold on a cold green fettuccini it is a kind of…you know: hot stuff. It makes a summer lunch special.

  • DrGaellon

    Delicious! 4 cups basil, 8 garlic cloves, zest of half a lemon, juice of 1 1/2 lemons, 3/4 c pine nuts, 1 c grated parmesan and about 1/3 cup really fruity olive oil. It did need a good one-and-a-half or two teaspoons of kosher salt. Spooned into ice cube trays (at least the part we didn’t eat right out of the processor, smeared on bread) and frozen until hard, then transferred to a vacuum-seal bag for longer storage.

  • Chef likestocook

    We all loved it!! I am going to have to buy more basil plants to feed my habit:) I did use walnuts just because the pine nuts were so expensive at the store and added a pinch of sea salt. I spread it on french bread, layered roma tomatoes, and mozzarella and popped it under the broiler as suggested by deb k. Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

  • Vic1

    Wow, I have used this recipe three or four times now, and feel I must check in. I put it on a spinach fettuccini, and I will tell you, it is good, hot or cold. Cold on a cold green fettuccini it is a kind of…you know: hot stuff. It makes a summer lunch special.

  • Chef likestocook

    We all loved it!! I am going to have to buy more basil plants to feed my habit:) I did use walnuts just because the pine nuts were so expensive at the store and added a pinch of sea salt. I spread it on french bread, layered roma tomatoes, and mozzarella and popped it under the broiler as suggested by deb k. Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

  • Aroostook

    Wow! What a burst of flavor!!! Loved this recipe. It is the first time I have ever grown basil and it sure won’t be the last. Great sauce. Thanks for posting. Barb

  • Just Call Me Martha

    We too ate spoonfuls right out of the food processor! I froze one batch thinking that I would use it in the winter. However, I have already been into it (a week later) and I can say that it freezes and thaws well. We stir-fried some zucchini and red peppers and added the pesto and it was great. Have also used it on pasta with chicken – also great. This pesto is thick enough that you could even put a little bit on a cracker and top with a small shrimp as a colourful addition to an appetizer platter. Thanks Bonnie!

  • RedVinoGirl

    I give this one 5 stars for the basic concept and the “punch” it gives to basic pesto. However, I do feel there’s WAY too much lemon in this! I made this pesto because I needed pesto in a recipe and the lemon was very overwhelming when I first tasted the pesto. To offset this, I increased the pine nuts, EVOO, parmesan and basil to make more of the pesto to dilute the lemon. PERFECT! When I make this again (and I will since it’s far more flavorful than normal pesto) I will cut the lemon juice ratio either in half or possibly even in 1/3. Thanks for posting. GREAT flavor!

  • s’kat

    The lemon is a nice addition to the pesto… zingy and bright, this fresh sandwich add-on really ‘made’ the sandwich (I was having a tomato sandwich). Great, thank you!

  • deb k

    First time I have made my own pesto and it came out great! Spread it on slices of french bread, topped with sliced roma’s and mozzeralla cheese and popped under the broiler. My husband said I can make this every night for him.

  • Aroostook

    Wow! What a burst of flavor!!! Loved this recipe. It is the first time I have ever grown basil and it sure won’t be the last. Great sauce. Thanks for posting. Barb

  • deb k

    First time I have made my own pesto and it came out great! Spread it on slices of french bread, topped with sliced roma’s and mozzeralla cheese and popped under the broiler. My husband said I can make this every night for him.

  • Llarion

    Spicy, zingy, bold, yet full of subtle nuance. Incredibly simple to make, and a little goes a LONG way. I tried it with home grown basil on bowties with some diced sundried tomatos, and YUMMMMM…. Lovely color as well!

  • RedVinoGirl

    I give this one 5 stars for the basic concept and the “punch” it gives to basic pesto. However, I do feel there’s WAY too much lemon in this! I made this pesto because I needed pesto in a recipe and the lemon was very overwhelming when I first tasted the pesto. To offset this, I increased the pine nuts, EVOO, parmesan and basil to make more of the pesto to dilute the lemon. PERFECT! When I make this again (and I will since it’s far more flavorful than normal pesto) I will cut the lemon juice ratio either in half or possibly even in 1/3. Thanks for posting. GREAT flavor!

  • Just Call Me Martha

    We too ate spoonfuls right out of the food processor! I froze one batch thinking that I would use it in the winter. However, I have already been into it (a week later) and I can say that it freezes and thaws well. We stir-fried some zucchini and red peppers and added the pesto and it was great. Have also used it on pasta with chicken – also great. This pesto is thick enough that you could even put a little bit on a cracker and top with a small shrimp as a colourful addition to an appetizer platter. Thanks Bonnie!

  • Helen Robinson

    Tasted pesto only once at the Macaroni Grill and it was so bland I did not order it ever again. A few months ago I started growing a basil plant, now I have 3 and they were taking over the house so I decided to try your pesto. It is so delicious my husband and I could not stop eating it right out of the food processor! I think it’s the addition of lemon that gives it the zing. Thanks

  • Llarion

    Spicy, zingy, bold, yet full of subtle nuance. Incredibly simple to make, and a little goes a LONG way. I tried it with home grown basil on bowties with some diced sundried tomatos, and YUMMMMM…. Lovely color as well!

  • s’kat

    The lemon is a nice addition to the pesto… zingy and bright, this fresh sandwich add-on really ‘made’ the sandwich (I was having a tomato sandwich). Great, thank you!

  • Helen Robinson

    Tasted pesto only once at the Macaroni Grill and it was so bland I did not order it ever again. A few months ago I started growing a basil plant, now I have 3 and they were taking over the house so I decided to try your pesto. It is so delicious my husband and I could not stop eating it right out of the food processor! I think it’s the addition of lemon that gives it the zing. Thanks

  • DrGaellon

    Delicious! 4 cups basil, 8 garlic cloves, zest of half a lemon, juice of 1 1/2 lemons, 3/4 c pine nuts, 1 c grated parmesan and about 1/3 cup really fruity olive oil. It did need a good one-and-a-half or two teaspoons of kosher salt. Spooned into ice cube trays (at least the part we didn’t eat right out of the processor, smeared on bread) and frozen until hard, then transferred to a vacuum-seal bag for longer storage.

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