Toasted pecans kick up the flavor of ordinary pesto. Use this recipe for homemade pesto, or as a shortcut add toasted pecans (coarsely chopped in a foor processor) to store-bought pesto.


  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

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