First of all, look at that basil! I grew it in these Greenbo planters on my railing.
My friend Cindy helped me plant organic basil seeds only 4 weeks ago. And now I have my very own basil. Next year, I am starting in March!
As for the oil free experiment, oil free pesto is the ultimate test. Is it possible? Yes, but, can it really be called pesto? Maybe not, but it makes a great sauce for pasta, mixed with tomato sauce (Ligurian style pasta sauce), a dip, or an addition to tofu scramble.
I used a zucchini to add some creaminess and it helps the texture. And I kept it basic because the basil is so fresh. But miso or nutritional yeast would be a great addition.
1 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup water
1/2 medium sized zucchini, peeled
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 garlic clove
Add all ingredients into the food processor and process until combined. Enjoy!