Basil Pesto with Lemon (and Ten Ideas for Using Basil Pesto)

Basil Pesto with Lemon is something I’ve been making for years, and making this perfect low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, and gluten-free summer sauce with fresh basil from the garden is a long-standing summer tradition for me. Use Fresh Herbs┬áto find more recipes like this one.

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Basil Pesto with Lemon

This recipe for Basil Pesto with Lemon makes me remember the first time I tasted basil pesto, which was simply called pesto back in the days before this type of uncooked Italian sauce started being made from many different herbs or vegetables! My first basil pesto was made by a guy named Steve, who not only was a fantastic cook, but who had a food processor! This was years before I thought of purchasing such an exotic cooking tool, but now I can’t imagine living without it.

Since then, I’ve made many types of pesto, and I make basil pesto every year when the garden is bursting with midsummer basil. Many years ago I had the winning idea of adding some fresh-frozen lemon juice to my basil pesto, and I’d never make it again without the lemon, which brightens up the flavor and keeps the pesto bright green much longer in the fridge.

This ultra popular recipe for Basil Pesto with Lemon is my Friday Favorites post for this week, and a reminder to everyone who’s growing basil that it’s time to be trimming the basil and making pesto! And if you really have a lot of basil it’s time to be freezing fresh basil as well!

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Comments

  • Sorry I have never weighed it, but it’s definitely two cups … by Kalyn Denny
  • Hi Kalyn, do you have a weight for the basil leaves needed to … by Nan
  • So glad you had success with the pesto. And I love the sound of … by Kalyn Denny
  • My pesto turned out perfect! I did have to use my food … by Karen Fitzpatrick
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