My Favorite Paleo and Non-Paleo Pesto

This post includes my favorite Pesto sauces (with slight variation based on what taste/health may dictate).  Each recipe makes approximately 1 – 1.5 cups.

Time Saving Tip: Plan a couple recipes for the meal or the week that use pesto sauce and make either variation up to 3 days in advance and store in refrigerator.

My Favorite Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1.25 – 1.5 c packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 c fresh parsley
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c pecorino romano cheese (alternatively you can use parmesan)

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients, except the oil and cheese, in a high speed blender (I used a Vitamix but a mini food processor also works)
  • Slowly add the oil and blend
  • Add the cheese and blend until ingredients are fully incorporated

Paleo Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 small lemon (approximately 1.5 – 2t)
  • 1.25 – 1.5 c packed fresh basil leaves
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients, except the oil, in a high speed blender
  • Slowly add the oil and blend until ingredients are fully incorporated.

Use in Pesto Stuffed Chicken or Kale Sweet Potato Quinoa Bake

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