Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Use this pesto recipes to stir some summertime goodness into hot cooked pasta, rice, or grits for a tasty side dish to your meal. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for French fries.


Makes 2 cups
Total time: 10 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 10 Minutes


2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt


Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

June 2011
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