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Simple Vegan Pesto

What you need: 

3 cups fresh basil leaves
6 tablespoons pine nuts
2-4 cloves garlic
3/4 teaspoons course sea salt
6 tablespoons olive oil

What you do: 

1. Put the basil, nuts, garlic and salt into a food processor or good blender.
2. Process (blend) until all the ingredients are finely chopped.
3. Add the oil and process until it's all worked in together. Enjoy.

Preparation Time: 
15 mins
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This was my first time making pesto and my first time eating pesto.  Amazing!  So freaking good!  I mixed it in with some penne pasta, and used the leftover pesto as a spread for the Rosemary bread (from this site - TRY IT!!!) and this made a terrific dinner! I didn't have the full six tablespoons of pine nuts so I used sunflower seeds for the last two.  The flavors went really well together.  Thanks so much!

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Awesome pesto recipe!! I made a double batch, and substituted lime juice for half of the olive oil as someone else suggested. I loved the tangy outcome. I've been eating it all week! Quick and easy to make. I threw all the ingredients in the blender and gave it a whirl.

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Sooo good. We only used 3 tbsp of olive oil and added an avocado. Turned out great!!

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I have made this 2 and loved it both times but I have a question any one could answer I guess. So I just throw everything into a magic bullet. But the pine nuts don't get really chopped. Is it just the bullet? Should I chop them in something else? It still tastes good but....I want the pine nuts to be smaller.

Yes, you generally want the nuts chopped pretty finely for pesto.  I'd try chopping the pine nuts by themselves in your magic bullet until they're finely chopped, and then add in the remaining ingredients and pulse until you get the proper pesto consistency.  If that doesn't work, you may have to use some other method for chopping the nuts.

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I have made this 2 and loved it both times but I have a question any one could answer I guess. So I just throw everything into a magic bullet. But the pine nuts don't get really chopped. Is it just the bullet? Should I chop them in something else? It still tastes good but....I want the pine nuts to be smaller.

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This was excellent! I served it with stir fried broccoli, tofu and fettuccine noodles. Yum. 

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oh and I didn't take a picture because it would not do it justice and Rivers picture would far surpass mine.

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I had never had pesto before but this recipe looked delicious. And I knew I liked basil so I follwed the recipe exactly and poured over some penne noodles and it was sooo good. I love it. I used fresh basil and I think it makes a big difference. I might try it wil walnutls last time just because the pine nuts at my local store is twice that of walnuts.

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I tried this today, and I have to concur - it's easy and tastes wonderful!  Like a previous commenter, I substituted lime juice for half the oil and it was still great!  Thank you for sharing!

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  ;D  :)  This is the best pesto I've ever made...I did not have pine nuts I always use walnuts...You do not even miss the cheese...Who needs it...YUM...Thanx

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