In a small dry skillet, toast the cashews over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
In a food processor or blender combine the cashews, cheese, oil, peeled garlic, basil, lemon juice, and salt. Pulse in 5-second intervals until smooth.
Adjust consistency by adding more oil, if desired.
- Fresh ingredients: Pesto will taste the best when fresh ingredients including basil, lemon juice, and garlic are used rather than any shortcuts.
- Use immediately: While you can store pesto, it has the best color and flavor when used right away.
- Freeze in Ice Trays: This gives you a greater ability to thaw out exactly what you need to use so you have less waste.
- Cashews: Use raw, freshly toasted cashews for the best flavor.
Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 487IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg