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Everything you love about traditional basil pesto with a burst of summery flavors, bright and sweet Meyer lemon, and cheesy Parmesan. #meyerlemonrecipes #meyerlemon #pesto #italianfood #easysauces #freshherbs #basil

Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto


  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 4
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x

Description

Meyer lemon basil pesto is everything you love about traditional basil pesto with a burst of summery flavors, bright and sweet Meyer lemon, and cheesy Parmesan.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zested and juice
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Toast:  In a small sauté pan, toast the pine nuts over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.  Just until fragrant, slightly browned.
  2. Blend:  In a food processor, add the basil, pine nuts, garlic and 1/3 cup olive oil.  Pulse 5 to 6 times to break up the ingredients then blend for 1 minutes.  Add Meyer lemon zest, juice, salt, and remaining olive oil.  Blend for a full minute until combined and oil becomes slightly emulsified.
  3. Get Cheesy:  If using right away, stir in parmesan cheese.  If freezing or storing for later, wait to add the cheese until use.
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pesto recipes, Meyer lemon, Meyer lemon recipes, pasta sauces

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