I know fall is just around the corner and we’re all busy pinning everything pumpkin, but let me take us back to summer just for today.
One of my favorite things about summer is all of the farm fresh produce. Growing up I had no real concept of when fruits and vegetables were in season because we could get almost everything year round. Who knew strawberry season was actually in June!
I have really enjoyed getting to know the local harvest calendar these past couple of years and learning to buy seasonally. I can honestly say that I feel better, inside and out, when I plan my menus around what’s actually in season. Sure I can have tomatoes whenever I want, but there’s just something amazing about a late August tomato and recipes that are centered around them!
In an effort to stretch out some of my favorite summer produce, I’ve tried to find recipes that utilize certain fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs in freezer friendly form. Although basil can be purchased in the grocery store year round, last week I bought a ton of basil from the farmer’s market and made a batch of my easy homemade lemon pesto.
Pesto is great because it’s great fresh, can easily be stored in the refrigerator, and keeps extremely well in the freezer because of the fat content. While I love regular pesto, this summer I took a risk and threw in some lemon zest and I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever go back! This pesto is absolutely amazing over pasta, on crostini, or as a spread on a vegetable sandwich.
The best part is that it takes close to no time to make! It’s fast, it’s easy, and it will keep you thinking about summer as long as you keep it stored. Enjoy!
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 3 cups basil leaves
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- In a food processor add garlic cloves, salt, and pine nuts. Process until the garlic and pine nuts are finely chopped. Next add in the basil and lemon zest. As you process, stream in the 1/2 cup of olive oil until the pesto is smooth. Lastly, add in the cheese and process until just combined.