142 Reviews

Spicy, zingy, bold, yet full of subtle nuance. Incredibly simple to make, and a little goes a LONG way. I tried it with home grown basil on bowties with some diced sundried tomatos, and YUMMMMM.... Lovely color as well!

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Llarion October 09, 2001

The lemon is a nice addition to the pesto... zingy and bright, this fresh sandwich add-on really 'made' the sandwich (I was having a tomato sandwich). Great, thank you!

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s'kat July 07, 2002

Tasted pesto only once at the Macaroni Grill and it was so bland I did not order it ever again. A few months ago I started growing a basil plant, now I have 3 and they were taking over the house so I decided to try your pesto. It is so delicious my husband and I could not stop eating it right out of the food processor! I think it's the addition of lemon that gives it the zing. Thanks

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Helen Robinson August 16, 2002

Wow! What a burst of flavor!!! Loved this recipe. It is the first time I have ever grown basil and it sure won't be the last. Great sauce. Thanks for posting. Barb

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Aroostook July 11, 2002

We too ate spoonfuls right out of the food processor! I froze one batch thinking that I would use it in the winter. However, I have already been into it (a week later) and I can say that it freezes and thaws well. We stir-fried some zucchini and red peppers and added the pesto and it was great. Have also used it on pasta with chicken - also great. This pesto is thick enough that you could even put a little bit on a cracker and top with a small shrimp as a colourful addition to an appetizer platter. Thanks Bonnie!

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Just Call Me Martha October 10, 2002

I give this one 5 stars for the basic concept and the "punch" it gives to basic pesto. However, I do feel there's WAY too much lemon in this! I made this pesto because I needed pesto in a recipe and the lemon was very overwhelming when I first tasted the pesto. To offset this, I increased the pine nuts, EVOO, parmesan and basil to make more of the pesto to dilute the lemon. PERFECT! When I make this again (and I will since it's far more flavorful than normal pesto) I will cut the lemon juice ratio either in half or possibly even in 1/3. Thanks for posting. GREAT flavor!

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RedVinoGirl July 23, 2009

First time I have made my own pesto and it came out great! Spread it on slices of french bread, topped with sliced roma's and mozzeralla cheese and popped under the broiler. My husband said I can make this every night for him.

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deb k October 12, 2002

Wow, I have used this recipe three or four times now, and feel I must check in. I put it on a spinach fettuccini, and I will tell you, it is good, hot or cold. Cold on a cold green fettuccini it is a kind of…you know: hot stuff. It makes a summer lunch special.

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Vic1 September 20, 2002

Delicious! 4 cups basil, 8 garlic cloves, zest of half a lemon, juice of 1 1/2 lemons, 3/4 c pine nuts, 1 c grated parmesan and about 1/3 cup really fruity olive oil. It did need a good one-and-a-half or two teaspoons of kosher salt. Spooned into ice cube trays (at least the part we didn't eat right out of the processor, smeared on bread) and frozen until hard, then transferred to a vacuum-seal bag for longer storage.

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DrGaellon April 05, 2012

We all loved it!! I am going to have to buy more basil plants to feed my habit:) I did use walnuts just because the pine nuts were so expensive at the store and added a pinch of sea salt. I spread it on french bread, layered roma tomatoes, and mozzarella and popped it under the broiler as suggested by deb k. Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

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Chef likestocook June 08, 2010
Basil Pesto