Recipe Share: Fresh Basil Pesto (with a twist) :)

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Hey guys!

Lately we have been taking full advantage of our Saturday morning farmer's market. We've been leaving with bags packed full of the sweetest nectarines and plums, peppers in ever color you can imagine, delicious varieties of tomatoes, and lots of basil! It has made for some tasty eating!

Here is a simple basil pesto recipe:

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted)
3-4 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor (olive oil exempt). Pulse a few times. Slowly add olive oil, stopping to scrape the sides with a rubber spatula until your ingredients are well blended!

I love the flavor from the sunflower seeds! Subtle, but not too subtle. ;) They are a nice change to pine nuts and a whole lot cheaper! Also, I didn't even miss the Romano cheese.

We've been enjoying our pesto over pasta with roasted veggies, roasted on chicken, and as a spread on sandwiches! So delicious.

Serves about 4, depending on how you use it.If you just use it as a sandwich spread, this recipe yields a lot!!


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