I have posted recipes for Cilantro Pesto and Pistachio Pesto but not the basic pesto thinking that everyone would be familiar with it already. But since some have asked for the basic pesto recipe, here it is.
2 cups Fresh Basil leaves, packed
2-4 fresh Garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
About 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Pine Nuts
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
Place the garlic in the food processor bowl fitted with the metal blades; process until garlic is chopped.
Add the salt and pine nuts and process until the nuts are minced.
Put in the basil leaves and replace the lid. Start the processor and slowly pour about half of the olive oil through the top opening while the motor is running.
Add the cheese if using and process until it is thoroughly incorporated.
Scrape the pesto into a clean jar and add enough olive oil to cover completely.
Refrigerate any unused portion.
Delicious stirred into pasta, soups, and spread on bread, etc.