Avocado Basil Pesto

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  • 1 avocado
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (finely chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper (to your liking)
  • Remove basil leaves from stem and wash thoroughly.
  • Peel garlic, discard peel and mince finely and set aside.
  • Peel avocado and cut into four pieces and set aside.
  • In a food processor add avocado, basil leaves, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper and blend until basil leaves have been chopped to your liking. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the food processor.
  • Add olive oil at the end and mix all ingredients by hand. The chemistry of olive oil changes when it is emulsified in a food processor; which then may give food a bitter taste.
  • Enjoy this pesto with pasta, crackers, or as a sandwich spread. On pasta I like to top it off with sun dried tomatoes and red chili flakes.