|How could fresh basil not make me smile?|
The following is my basic pesto recipe. I even made a batch just now so I could use exact measurements. This is RARE for me. I'm a pincher, pourer and tosser.
4 cups of fresh rinsed basil
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 head of garlic, peeled
1/4 tsp salt
Rinse off the basil and pick off any large stalky stems. Some stems won't be a problem. I use a 3 cup Kitchen Aid food chopper, pack the leaves in, and pulse a few times to make room before adding the olive oil. After that is well processed, I add the pine nuts, parm, garlic and salt. There is no need to pre-chop the garlic as your food processor will handle it just fine. Once everything is well chopped and blended, it's ready!