I did promise another basil recipe for you today. And when I make a promise, I most often deliver. Probably around 88% of the time.
I’m a busy lady.
You guys lucked out this time–mostly ’cause the basil was wilting, limes were dessicating, and the pesto clock was running out of time. Fritz isn’t a huge garlic fan, so I decided to leave it out and use lime for that special kick.
The limes may or may not have been leftover from some margaritas I made on Tuesday. Don’t judge me.
Basil Lime Pesto Printable Recipe Card
- 2 C tightly packed basil–it looks like a lot when it’s not packed
- 1/4 C walnuts
- 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 C olive oil
- 1 t salt
- juice and zest from 2 limes
One of the best things about pesto is how quick it is. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. It’s okay to have some nice basil and walnut flecks in there so it looks pretty, too.
It might taste a little salty (you can start with 1/2 t salt and add more as you like), but don’t forget that a little bit of pesto goes a long way on pasta and other dishes–it won’t taste as salty when you are using it.
Either freeze for long-term storage (I use ice-cube trays for single serving sizes, then transfer to a zip-lock), or keep it in the fridge for a few days (maybe a week with all the lime juice? I’ll let you know).
The other nice thing besides the ease of making pesto is its versatility–use on sandwiches, with pasta, in a tomato salad, on roasted chickpeas, in soups, with eggs…anything, really. And the lime is a totally nice change from garlic–brighter. Summery. Margarita-y (just kidding!).
I’ll probably freeze half of this recipe (it made about 1 1/2-2 cups) and use the rest over the weekend. Yum–possibly on top of some grilled veggies? Part of a steak marinade? So many ideas!
I received an exciting new box in the mail today containing a new lens that we (okay, I) bought! I had it out for literally only a few minutes, so I obviously still have a lot to learn on it, but here’s what a few shots look like:
It’s a Sigma f1.4 50mm prime lens–you’ll be seeing a lot more from it later this weekend as I take time to play with it.
The Jensens are coming over for s’mores in a few, so get out there and enjoy the night!