I love this summer sunflower seed pesto! When I was a kid there was always a bowl of pesto pasta in the refrigerator during the summer. It was my mom’s go-to when she didn’t want to turn on the oven and depending on the night, she’d make the pesto extra lemony, garlicky or my favorite–extra cheesy.
The basil came from our garden and I remember squealing with delight when I’d hear the food processor buzzing across the house. It meant time for summer pesto!
My sunflower seed version is what I like to call a “poor woman’s” pesto because sunflower seeds are cheap and abundant. Pine nuts on the other hand, are not.