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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Buffy Hargett Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Basil Pesto

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.

Southern Living JUNE 2011

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups
  • Hands-on:10 Minutes
  • Total:10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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

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