Basic Basil Pesto

Basic Basil Pesto
Makes about 1 cup

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1 garlic clove
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 cups basil leaves
½ – 1 lemon, juiced
¼ cup olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt to taste

In a small food processor pulse the garlic and the pinenuts until finely chopped. Add the basil leaves and the lemon juice and blend until the basil has begun to break down. Add the olive oil in a gentle stream, blending until the mixture is smooth and at your desired consistency.

NOTE: If making the pesto exclusively for the chicken salad, use less oil for a coarser mixture than you ordinarily would. This will keep the salad from making your bread soggy while retaining all the good pesto flavor.

Fold in the parmesan and taste for seasoning. Add salt and extra lemon juice for acidity as needed.

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