1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-2 garlic cloves
Wash and pat dry the basil leaves. Cut off stems. Peel and dice garlic.
In a blender or food processor, add basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and garlic with 1/2 cup of olive oil and blend for a minute or until a smooth consistency.
For a thinner consistency, add more olive oil. Add ground pepper to taste.
Serve pesto sauce with pasta or for a healthier option, with spaghetti squash.
David H. Rahm, M.D. is the founder and medical director of The Wellness Center, a medical clinic located in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Rahm is also president and medical director of VitaMedica. Dr. Rahm is one of a select group of conventional medical doctors who have education and expertise in functional medicine and nutritional science. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Rahm has published articles in the plastic surgery literature and educated physicians about the importance of good peri-operative nutrition.