What do you do when you have a ton of basil because you keep buying it thinking that you’re out but you actually already have three packages in your fridge? You make pesto, of course! I don’t “do” cheese as you know, and I didn’t have pine nuts so I improvised and used walnuts instead of the pine nuts and left the cheese out altogether. It’s wonderful even without the cheese and really, you can make pesto with any nut you like.
Fill your food processor up with fresh basil
Add about 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
Add about a handful of walnuts
Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into the mix
Pulse until thoroughly combined.
Turn food processor on and slowly drizzle olive oil in until it comes to a somewhat smooth consistency.
Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.