Classic Basil Pesto

Take advantage of the farmers market bounty this summer, and prepare ice-cube trays of this classic sauce for the flavor of summer all year round.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4

cup olive oil
cloves garlic
cup pine nuts
cup fresh basil leaves
cup fresh Italian parsley
cup grated Parmesan cheese
tablespoon grated lemon peel

  • 1 In food processor, process oil, garlic and pine nuts until pureed. While processor is running, add basil and parsley a little at a time. Add cheese and lemon peel; process until smooth but slightly textured.

Expert Tips

Freezing leftover pesto in ice cube trays provides perfect portions for a fast weeknight pasta dish.

Use whatever nuts you have on hand! Walnuts and almonds complement the other ingredients beautifully and add new dimension.