Speedy Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe | Yummly

Speedy Fresh Basil Pesto

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7Ingredients
15Minutes
340Calories
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Description

Making pesto from scratch isn't much harder than opening a jar of store-bought, but it's light-years beyond in terms of fresh deliciousness. This version includes a touch of lemon zest, a refreshing note that you don't find in typical recipes. Once you're familiar with the recipe, it's easy to experiment with other herb combinations: Toss in a few sprigs of fresh mint or swap some of the basil with fresh parsley or cilantro. The quantities here make enough for 8 ounces of pasta and can be easily doubled. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Martha Holmberg.

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves (lightly packed)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest (lightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
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    Directions

    1. Put basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and lemon zest in a food processor. Pulse to create a coarse puree, scraping down inside of bowl as needed.
    2. Slowly add olive oil to basil mixture, with processor running.
    3. Add Parmesan and process again until smooth.
    4. Serve pesto on pasta, grilled eggplant and zucchini, swirled into vegetable or bean soup, or as a sandwich spread. To store, transfer to small bowl, press a piece of plastic wrap onto surface, and store in refrigerator up to 3 days.
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    NutritionView More

    340Calories
    Sodium20% DV490mg
    Fat54% DV35g
    Protein14% DV7g
    Carbs1% DV3g
    Fiber4% DV<1g
    Calories340Calories from Fat320
    % DAILY VALUE
    Total Fat35g54%
    Saturated Fat6g30%
    Trans Fat
    Cholesterol10mg3%
    Sodium490mg20%
    Potassium150mg4%
    Protein7g14%
    Calories from Fat320
    % DAILY VALUE
    Total Carbohydrate3g1%
    Dietary Fiber<1g4%
    Sugars0g0%
    Vitamin A35%
    Vitamin C10%
    Calcium20%
    Iron10%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    Reviews(1)

    Robin Adam a month ago
    Delicious! Didn't have parmesan on hand, substituted nutritional yeast to add flavor.

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