A good friend gave me a beautiful bouquet of fresh basil from her garden.
I find my salad spinner to be the best tool for washing fresh herbs.
Once the basil is clean and dry it goes into the food processor:
2 cups of packed basil leaves
3 or 4 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts
and pulse until leaves are finely chopped. With food processor running on low add in a slow, steady stream:
1/2 cup good olive oil
Add salt and pepper to taste.
If you’re going to use immediately stir in:
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
I froze mine using a silicone ice cube tray. Cover tightly before putting in the freezer. I will add my Parmesan when I’m ready to use the pesto.
Now all we need is some pasta.