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Best Basil Pesto
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Best Basil Pesto

by Javaneh Hemmat

My basil pesto recipe is intoxicating with fresh basil leaves, lemony tang, and rich texture. I'm adding this recipe as a topping to our Classic Hummus and there's plenty more to add to pasta salads.





Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

0 min


  • 1 2 Cups Basil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 of Lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons Walnuts or Pine nuts
  • 1/4 grated Parmesan
  • a Sprinkle of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, reserve some for garnish
  • 1 Classic Hummus


  1. In a food processor, add the basil, garlic, lemon, walnuts, parmesan  and sea salt and pulse a few times.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil until smooth.
  3. On a plate, spoon the hummus leaving a hole in the middle, add the pesto and drizzle extra virgin olive oil. Have leftover pesto? add pastas, use as veggie dip and spoon some in a hot soup for a deep flavor!