Recipe type: coniment & sauce/5 Ingredients or Less
1 bunch cilantro
zest & juice of one lemon or lime
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
In a blender or food processor, place the entire bunch of cilantro, lemon juice, zest, and a smidge of olive oil in the jar/bowl. If using a small food processor, you may only be able to add half the cilantro at a time...use your judgment.
Use your pulse button to begin chopping the cilantro...if using a blender or food processor with a “feed chute”, begin to pour the olive oil in a stream, being careful to not add too little or too much olive oil, as you do not want the pesto too “thick” or “thin”……I like the pesto to coat the back of a spoon. Taste & salt/pepper to taste.
Makes about ¾ cup of pesto.
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