basil pesto {summer on toast}

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~ basil pesto ~

Feeling in a summery mood, I decided to make a batch of basil pesto for lunch. It’s so great with a fresh, ripe tomatoes, crusty baguette, and your favorite sharp cheese. I like a good Gruyere or Parmigiano Reggiano in this particular scenario.

2 cups fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves

1/3 to 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup pine nuts, pecans, or walnuts

 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or more)

2-3 large cloves of garlic

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse until evenly pureed. Start with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and gradually add more as needed to reach desired consistency.

~ summer on toast ~

Here’s what the cute hubby and I had for lunch. We call it Summer on Toast. Spread a generous amount of the basil pesto on a piece of well-toasted whole wheat bread. Next add some chunks of fresh Parmesan or Gruyere cheese. Top with slices of fresh Roma, or heirloom tomatoes, freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.

SOOOOO yummy!

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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