Basil Pesto with Lemon

Basil Pesto with Lemon

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 10 min
  • Serving: Makes about 1-1/2 cups

The addition of lemon in this classic pesto adds a citrusy freshness that other pesto recipes lack. Make sure to use freshly squeezed lemon juice.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves (packed into measuring cup)
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.


  1. Place the basil and the garlic into a food processor and process until the mixture is finely chopped.
  2. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil down the processor flute, stopping to scrape the sides when necessary.
  3. Add the pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice to the processor and pulse until pesto reaches desired consistency.
  4. Season the pesto to taste with salt and pepper and pulse again to combine.


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