How To Make Purple Basil Pesto
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled
  • 3 ½ cups (tightly packed) purple basil leaves picked, washed and dried
  • ¾ cup almonds toasted
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup Parmesan finely grated
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the garlic, basil and almonds in the bowl of a food processor and process for around 20 seconds.
  2. Add the parmesan cheese and lemon juice and continue to process whilst pouring in the olive oil.
  3. Stop processing and take a spatula to scrape the mixture off the side of the bowl then process again for 20 seconds. Repeat this process of scraping the sides a few times or more until you have a good consistency and all the basil has been chopped.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and pulse or process a couple more times.
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