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Valerie’s Pesto

Food Network Canada
PREP TIME
10 min
YIELDS
1 serving

This pesto made with pine nuts, Parmesan and fresh basil produces about 1 cup of pesto for pizzas, pastas and just about anything else you want to use it on.

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Ingredients

1
bunch fresh basil (about 3 cups of leaves)
½
cup grated Parmesan
3
Tbsp toasted pine nuts
1
clove garlic
½
cup extra-virgin olive oil
2
Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Step 1

Add the basil, Parmesan, pine nuts and garlic to a food processor. Pulse a few times to break up the garlic and nuts. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil and pulse a few more times. Scrape down the sides as needed. With the motor running, stream in the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and the lemon juice until a thick paste forms. Add salt and pepper to taste and pulse a few more times to combine.

Step 2

Remove and store in an airtight container for up to 2 days (with a thin layer of olive oil over the top so that it does not turn brown).

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