This spring I put in 3 itty, bitty basil plants.
Today I cut one of the plants down, and washed it gently.
Then...the magic begins.
4 c (crammed in) basil leaves
6 gi-normous cloves garlic
2/3 c pine nuts
12 TBL. parmesan cheese
Finely chop together in food processor
Gradually add while food processor is running to make a thick paste:
1/2 to 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
I put it in those teeny, 6 oz. or so, jam jars, and freeze for months.
Wonderful as a Christmas gift.
Oh my goodness....did I say CHRISTMAS???
Pesto is good on a Boboli pizza crust, alone, or in addition to your pizza sauce
Yummy tossed with hot pasta, with a few chunks of fresh tomatoes thrown in
On sliced tomatoes with a dribble of aged balsamic
I could go on and on and on...
I should get at least 3 more batches of this yummy stuff from the basil still left in the garden!