Easy & Cheap(er) Basil Pesto
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Serves: 4 cups
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (pistachios, pecans, walnuts, etc - no peanuts)*
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 bulb garlic (about 12 cloves**), peeled
  • 8 oz fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade, pulse together the nuts, cheese, salt, and garlic until finely ground, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the basil, gently pressing down to fit. Run the processor while adding the oil in a slow and steady steam; process about 1 minute.
  3. Use immediately, store in the fridge for up to 3 days with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface to prevent browning, or freeze in ice cube trays or plastic freezer bags.
*sunflower seeds work great, too!
**if you don't LOVE LOVE LOVE strong garlic flavor, reduce by half.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 303 Fat: 31.6 Carbohydrates: 3.0 Sugar: 0.3 Sodium: 302 Fiber: 0.6 Protein: 2.4 Cholesterol: 3
Recipe by Prevention RD at https://preventionrd.com/2019/07/easy-cheaper-basil-pesto-weekly-menu/