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Favorite Pesto

Oxmoor House
Hands-On time 15 mins
Total time 15 mins
Yield Serves 9 (serving size: 1 tablespoon)
If you'd like to make it a few days ahead, place the pesto in a small container and pour a layer of olive oil over it before refrigerating. The oil acts like a sealant and helps keep the green color of the pesto. Just be sure to scrape off the oil before serving.

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 74
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 7.6 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 5.2 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 0.8 g
  • carbohydrate 1.1 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 214 mg
  • calcium 28 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place garlic in food processor; process until minced. Add basil and next 4 ingredients (through pepper). With processor on, slowly pour oil through food chute; process until smooth, scraping sides.

  2. Tip: If you don't have pine nuts, you can substitute other nuts such as unsalted and toasted walnuts or cashews. All nuts add their own unique flavor to pesto.

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