When life (your neighbor) gives you basil...

make pesto.

Basil Pesto Sauce
(recipe adapted from Vita-mix Whole Foods cookbook)
. 2 cups fresh basil, loosely packed
. 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
. 1/2 cup olive oil
. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
. 3 tbsp pine nuts
. salt and pepper to taste
. freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)

Combine all ingredients, except salt and pepper, in a Vitamix blender or small food processor. Blend until smooth. Season to taste.

Refrigerate and store in an airtight container, or freeze for a later date.
*Use pesto as a spread/sauce on sandwiches, bruschetta, pasta or as an alternative pizza sauce (my favorite).

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