Basil-Mint Pesto

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This emerald pesto is ideal when the weather  starts to warm up – the  mint adds a springy note while the basil offers a hint of summer to come. Stir it into Maria Speck’s Speedy Chickpea Couscous with Pesto, serve a dollop atop fish or poultry, spread it on crostini or add it to hot pasta. This pesto recipe yields a generous amount. Use whatever you need now, and freeze the leftovers in an ice-cube tray. Once it’s frozen, pop the pesto cubes out of the tray and transfer them to a heavy-duty zip-top bag and freeze up to 1 month.

Basil-Mint Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2/3 cup

Basil-Mint Pesto


  1. 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. 1 ounce fresh basil (about 1-1/2 cups loosely packed)
  4. 1/2 ounce fresh mint (about 3/4 cup loosely packed)
  5. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  6. Fresh lemon juice, to taste
  7. Sea salt, to taste
  8. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Place the nuts and garlic cloves in a food processor or blender; pulse until coarsely chopped. (Or make your pesto the old-school way and pound it in a mortar and pestle.) Add basil and mint; pulse until coarsely chopped. Add oil and juice to taste; pulse to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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