Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Julia's Pesto Presto

Summer is the time of year for fresh herbs and my basil plants are looking beautiful! There are few things so amazingly flavorful as fresh basil pesto; I simply love it. The addition of lemon helps to brighten the pesto a bit and to loosen the consistency without adding too much oil. Try it with my Greek Tomato Salad -- it's fantastic!


1/2 cup pine nuts
50 leaves fresh basil
1 large clove garlic
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tbs. olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp. salt
pepper to taste

In small food processor, pulse pine nuts, garlic and basil. Add cheese and pulse again. The pesto should seem too dry, but be well-blended. Add oil, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.


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