Recipes to Pine For: 7 Fresh Twists on Classic Pesto

Photo by: Kathy Patalsky
Spring Leek Pesto
Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 garlic cloves
4 cups fresh basil leaves, rinsed well... more 
Photo by: Kathy Patalsky
Spring Leek Pesto
Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 garlic cloves
4 cups fresh basil leaves, rinsed well - still damp (loosely packed)
1 3/4 cups sliced leeks, cleaned (about 2 small leeks)
1 cup raw walnuts
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 jalapeno, de-seeded (opt'l)
Directions:
Start making your pesto (then follow with your pasta and garnish veggies). Clean and prep all your leeks - make sure to rinse and grit inside the folds. Add all your ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. The excess water from the rinsed basil leaves should keep the pesto 'loose' enough - but add ore liquid if the consistency is too thick. The ideal consistency is like a wet, chunky hummus. less 
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Tue, Apr 16, 2013 4:18 PM EDT
Pesto is perfection! Now that spring is here, why not fall in love again with the rich, bright flavor of pesto? We've pulled together a few gorgeous dishes you'll want to devour every day and twice on Saturdays. Toss the green stuff in a bowl and get cooking! You're belly will be glad you did! - By Brooke McLay



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