Simple Basil Pesto

I adore fresh pesto. It is so easy to make and brings incredible flavor to everything: pasta, sandwiches, grilled vegetables, rice, pizza—it’s an addition of something lovely every time. Traditional pesto calls for Parmesan cheese but this one simply omits it and ups the ante with extra pine nuts and lemon.  Besides, shouldn’t the basil be the star?


Yields12 ServingsPrep Time5 minsDifficultyBeginner

Ingredients

 1 ½ cups fresh basil
 2 cloves garlic
 ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
 1 cup pine nuts
  cup water (depending on desired consistency)
 ½ cup extra virgin oil
 1 tsp salt

Instructions

1

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

2

Use as a dressing, pasta sauce, toast topper, or on baked potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size ¼ cup

Servings 12


Amount Per Serving
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16.2g25%
Saturated Fat 1.8g9%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 158mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 2.g1%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 1.7g4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 1 ½ cups fresh basil
 2 cloves garlic
 ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
 1 cup pine nuts
  cup water (depending on desired consistency)
 ½ cup extra virgin oil
 1 tsp salt

Directions

1

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

2

Use as a dressing, pasta sauce, toast topper, or on baked potatoes.

Simple Basil Pesto
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