Basil Pesto

 

1-2 cups fresh basil leaves           

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2-4 cloves of garlic  

1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts (opt.)

1/2 to 1 cup parsley leaves

 

3/4 cup good olive oil

 

 

Put basil in blender or food processor.  Add garlic, parsley, and blend adding olive oil slowly.  Add parmesan and pine nuts.  Blend all into a thick sauce.

 

This is good over any hot pastas.  Can be also added to salad dressing, 1 T. at a time, used as a spread for tomatoes, on crackers, etc.  Can also be frozen in small container for use later.