Lemon Zest Pesto

Recipe by Tami Ganeles Weiser; photo contributed by Sarah Green Yield:  16 2-tablespoon servings (Yields one cup total)
Prep Time:  15 minutes Cook Time:  0 minutes

Lemon Zest Pesto

Lemony tartness gives basic pesto a kick in this tasty version.


2 cups (75 grams) basil, packed

3 tablespoons (31 grams) pine nuts

1½ tablespoons lemon zest

1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 clove garlic roughly chopped

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons finely, freshly grated parmesan cheese

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In the bowl of a food processor combine the basil, pine nuts, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
  2. Add the oil in a steady stream with the motor running and process until smooth.

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