I have always been able to grow basil. I pick a little here and there and then usually end of drying a big mess of it at the end of the season.
This year I had a particularly large bush and guests in the house I needed to feed. Looking for something a little different, I decided to try some pesto. I know, after all these years and my many food adventures, I have never made fresh pesto. This was the year.
Well, all I have to say is - what took me so long! It was a big hit and so. very. good. Next time I make it I will make sure there are not 7 hungry mouths to feed. In fact, I won't even tell anyone! I will just hide in a corner of the house with my jar of pesto and a loaf of bread. Of course, the resulting garlic breath will give me away. But by then it will be too late! Bwahahaha!
Here's the real deal.
Start with 2 cups of fresh basil.
Cram it into a food processor with:
1/2 C pine nuts
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 t salt
Whir the dickens out of it until it looks like this:
Toss it with your favorite pasta, spread it on your favorite bread, or eat with a spoon. Mmmmm.