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Lemon Basil Pesto

Lemon basil pesto is a vibrant alternative to traditional pesto. This fresh herb puree is a wonderful spread, or fantastic alongside chicken, fish, and pasta.

What you need:
 ¼ cup pine nuts
 2 ½ cups fresh basil leaves (firmly packed)
 1 tbsp fresh or bottled lemon juice
  cup olive oil (1/2 cup olive oil if making spread)
 1-2 cloves of garlic
 1 tsp lemon zest
 ½ cup low sodium parmesan cheese
To make the pesto:

Heat a pan on medium heat and add pine nuts. Stir until pine nuts are lightly toasted.


Remove pine nuts from heat and allow to cool.


In a food processor or blender combine basil, and pine nuts. Pulse lightly for about a minute.


Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, and parmesan cheese and mix together until smooth.