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homemade basil pesto recipe



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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 16

Cost: $2.06 /serving


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Step 1

Quickly blanch the basil. Prepare a bowl of ice water and set aside near your stove. Fill a small saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Drop the basil leaves in the boiling water and blanch for 5 to 10 seconds or until wilted. Using tongs, transfer the basil leaves to prepared ice water to stop cooking.

Step 2

Dry the basil very well. Pick up the basil leaves and wrap them in paper towel and squeeze to wring out all the water.

Step 3

Make the pesto. Place the basil, garlic, pine nuts, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade. With the processor running, slowly pour the extra virgin olive oil. Do not run the processor too long, you want to have a little bit of texture to your basil pesto.

Step 4

Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Transfer the basil mixture to a small bowl. Add the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine. If needed add a little bit more extra virgin olive oil to mix.

Step 5

Use immediately or store for later (see notes for storage).

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