2 cbasil leaves, fresh and packed
1/2 cparmesan-reggiano or romano cheese, freshly grated
1/2 cextra virgin olive oil
1/3 cpine nuts or walnuts
3 mediumgarlic cloves, minced
How to Make Basic Pesto
- Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more. (You can use a mortar and pestle instead, if you'd like.)
- Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.