2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
3/8 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (if you use pine nuts – brown them first but be careful it doesn’t take much to brown them.)
3 medium sized garlic cloves – minced
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
* 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.
Makes 1 cup.