I went to the farmer's market last week and I couldn't resist picking up a bunch of fresh basil so that I could make a homemade batch of basil pesto! This is the recipe that I've cobbled together after considering a number of different recipes. I like to add only a little salt and then eat the pesto on top of salty crackers such as Kashi's TLC regular crackers.
Note: This pesto is garlicky. Feel free to reduce the garlic if it seems like too much for you.
- 1 bunch fresh basil, washed and mostly dried (about 2 cups packed leaves)
- 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (I use pine nuts mostly)
- 3 cloves garlic (or less if you are not fending off vampires)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese: Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano
- salt and pepper to taste
Add basil leaves and nuts to food processor, pulse to combine. Use a paddle to scrape larger pieces down into the mixture. Add garlic and pulse further. Add olive oil in a small stream while processing. Add shredded cheese and salt/pepper to taste. Sprinkle additional nuts and cheese on top for garnish.
Serve immediately, or cover with layer of platic wrap or waxed paper before refrigerating.