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Tried-and-True Basil Pesto


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  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest, optional
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, optional
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper, optional
  • 4 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup olive oil



Step 1

Blend pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper (if using) in food processor until finely chopped. Add basil, and blend 1 minute, or until finely chopped, scraping down sides of bowl once or twice. With motor running, add oil in steady stream, and process until smooth.


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