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Traditional Pesto

May 13, 2014 Print this page

Always best with in-season basil, but still good year-round. Feel free to substitute mint or cilantro for new flavor combinations!


Prep Time 5 min
Cooking Time
Total Time 5 min
Yield About 1 cup of pesto

2 cups of fresh basil (or mint/cilantro/other leafy herb)

1/2 cup of pistachios (or nut of choice)

1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast

The juice of 1 lemon

1 clove of garlic

1/2 cup of olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1-2 tsp sugar or maple syrup (optional)


Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse about 30-60 times to combine, then add salt and pepper to taste. This is obviously best with fresh, in-season basil; if you find your basil is very bitter, I recommend adding a little sugar or maple syrup to cut it a bit.

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