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Basil sauce

Easy Basil Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 9 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

You’ll want to drizzle this basil sauce on everything! It’s herby, garlicky and bright green: like a pesto without cheese and nuts.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Blanch the basil: This preserves the bright green color. Start a small pot of water to boil. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Remove the basil leaves from the stem and wash them; measure out 1 packed cup of leaves (make sure to pack the cup full for the best flavor). Once the water is boiling, add the basil and boil until bright green, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  2. Immediately turn off the heat, remove the basil and plunge it into the ice bath. Once the leaves are cool, remove them from the water and squeeze out as much excess water as possible.
  3. Blend the sauce: Place the blanched basil, olive oil, garlic and salt in a blender or in the cup for an immersion blender. Blend until fully combined. Taste and add lemon juice and additional salt to taste. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Basil sauce