Basil Pesto

basil

What do you do with a basil surplus? Make lots of pesto! We’ve used it as a spread, dip, pasta sauce, and marinade. Sometimes for breakfast I add a spoonful to a medium boiled egg with avocado, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

  • 2 c packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ c pine nuts, cashews, or other nuts
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ c Parmesan, grated (optional)
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Put ingredients in a food processor and blend. Adjust ingredients according to taste.

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Pesto Chicken

  1. Marinade chicken in pesto for several hours.
  2. Top with tomatoes and peppers.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

pesto chicken

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