Sunday, June 26, 2011

Basil Lime Pesto

Pesto is an entity unto itself, bringing personality and flair to nearly everything it touches. I always look forward to my first basil harvest. Pesto is my favorite summertime condiment. There are many versions and you don’t really need a recipe but I wanted to share mine in case you need a little inspiration. This makes quite a bit, and if you don’t have a large quantity of basil just reduce the recipe as needed.

Pesto will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, or you can freeze it to enjoy the taste of summer all winter. Not just for pasta, fish and chicken. Try Pesto on bread, Pizza, sandwiches, and burgers.


    8 cups packed basil leaves
    2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    2 cup walnuts (pine nuts or hazelnuts)
    1 head garlic
    Juice of 4 limes
    3/4 cup Olive oil

Snip and discard flowers and stems
Wash the basil and pat dry
Layer everything in a food processor starting with the basil
Mix until it forms a thick, smooth paste.

I love my 14 cup capacity food processor for making large batches!


Paula said...

Mouthwatering reminder that I am far behind all I want to do... Much love, Paula

* Crystal * said...

Yummy!! Your blog always makes me hungry, lol