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Basil Pesto

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Makes about 1 cup.

From Natalie Perry of Perry’s Plate.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches To 3 Large Bunches Fresh Basil Leaves
  • ⅓ cups Pine Nuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • ½ cloves Garlic, Smashed
  • ½ teaspoons Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • ⅓ cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cups Shredded Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Preparation

Put the basil leaves, pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper in the work bowl of a food processor or in a blender. Pulse until finely chopped, scraping down the sides of the work bowl when necessary.

While machine is running, pour in olive oil. Process until smooth. Add Parmesan cheese and pulse to combine. If you’d like your pesto to be looser, add a few more tablespoons of olive oil and process to combine.

Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, until ready to use.

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