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Classic Pistou

Bright basil, warm olive oil, and a zing of lemon and garlic combine for an absolutely sublime sauce.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Keyword sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 cups basil leaves loosely packed
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • Combine garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a mortar or a food processor. Let sit for 5 minutes
  • Add remaining ingredients. If using mortar and pestle crush thoroughly. If using food processor, pulse until basil leaves are well chopped but not pureed.
  • Serve over pork chops, chicken thighs, salmon, eggs, or just about anything else.