A friend made this for us and was kind enough to pass on her recipe. It.is.delicious.
(From Giada De Laurentiis.)
2 cups fresh basil leaves (I successfully grew my own!)
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan
Heat oven to 300 degrees and toast pine nuts for about 10 minutes, checking periodically.
In the bowl of a food processor (or a blender works, too) add basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Pulse until finely chopped. Slowly pour in olive oil with food processor running. Pesto should have a thick, yet smooth consistency. Add more oil if necessary.
Transfer to a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
This is delicious in many ways. We love it with penne pasta.
My friend suggests getting the "take and bake" bread from the grocery store, toasting it a bit, removing it from the oven, drizzling olive oil and then the pesto on top and baking for a few minutes. Delish!
**Uncooked the pesto will be a bit spicy because of the garlic.
**Thanks for the recipe, Mickey!