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Lemon basil pesto on a spoon with jar

Lemon Basil Pesto

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Edyta
If you have an abundance of basil growing up now in your garden and wonder what to do with it, make this AMAZING Lemon Basil Pesto and serve it with your favorite pasta, chicken or fish. If you have leftovers, freeze it and have it at your fingertips at any time you need it!
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  • 2-3 cups Basil Leaves packed;
  • 1 clove Garlic peeled;
  • 1/3 cup Pine Nuts roasted;
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese grated;
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced and zested;
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper freshly grounded


  • In a blender or food processor add basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse until nicely chopped; 
  • While the motor is running gradually add olive oil until the pesto is thick;
  • At the end add Parmesan Cheese and pulse until just incorporated (don't over-mix it at this point). Enjoy with your favorite pasta, chicken or fish.


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 121mg | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1.2mg