Spinach Basil Pesto

basilIngredients

  • 1 1⁄2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 3⁄4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Blend the spinach, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a food processor until nearly smooth.
  2. Drizzle the remaining olive oil into the mixture while processing until smooth.

Fun Facts about Basil

  • BASIL is part of the mint family.
  • BASIL is rich source of vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as iron, manganese and magnesium.
  • BASIL can grow 12 to 51 inches in height.
  • BASIL is an herb that is used mostly to cook with.