Classic Basil Pesto
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, rinsed and dried
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 3 medium garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: fresh basil, olive oil, black pepper, kosher salt, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts.
Step 2. Chop the cloves of garlic in the food processor. Keep it whirling until no garlic is flying around in there any more.
Step 3. Add the basil leaves. Give them a whirl until they are finely chopped.
Step 4. Add the pine nuts, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. (You can substitute walnuts for the pine nuts, if you prefer them.)
Step 5. Pulse until it forms a coarse paste.
Step 6. With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil through the feed tube.
Keep it running just until everything is well mixed.