I adore fresh pesto. It is so easy to make and brings incredible flavor to everything: pasta, sandwiches, grilled vegetables, rice, pizza—it’s an addition of something lovely every time. Traditional pesto calls for Parmesan cheese but this one simply omits it and ups the ante with extra pine nuts and lemon. Besides, shouldn’t the basil be the star?
1½ cups fresh basil
1-2 cloves garlic
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pine nuts
⅓ cup water (depending on desired consistency)
½ cup extra virgin oil
1 teaspoon salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Use as a dressing, pasta sauce, toast topper, or on baked potatoes.
Ready in about 5 minutes
Makes 3 cups
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