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Well there is no going back now! I finally made pesto for the first time and now my family is hooked. I don’t know why I’ve never tried it before. It was so easy and very delicious!  I actually tried it a couple of different ways and both were great!

I’m sure most of you have had pesto before, but if you haven’t it’s a fairly thick sauce usually served over  pasta. It’s also a great spread on bread or can be used sparingly as  a dipping sauce. I say sparingly because it is a pretty intense tasting sauce and be forewarned  that it can leave you with pretty garlicky breath.

So for those of you that are like me and haven’t dipped your toe in the pesto making pond, I hope this will encourage you to do so!

Sundried Tomato Pesto

3 cups packed fresh basil leaves

4 cloves of garlic

3 oz. sundried tomatoes

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup pine nuts or cashews (The first time I made it I used cashews and it was just as delicious as with the more traditionl pine nuts)

1/2 cup olive oil

3/4 cup grated fresh parmesan (FYI – In my humble opinion, this should NEVER, EVER come out of a green canister)

Combine all ingredients in your food processor (or use your immersion blender) and blend until it is a smooth paste.

That’s all there is to it! See how easy!! I hope you’ll give it a try!