Fresh Basil Pesto
I use this in my Pesto Chicken Florentine
fresh leaves, packed
olive oil, extra-virgin
salt and black pepper
to taste, freshly ground pepper
Special equipment needed: A food processor
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.
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.
Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.