Basil Pesto goes great with pasta, bread, soup, or for me crackers.
Basic Basil Pesto
2 cups of basil leaves rinsed and packed
1/2 cup of Olive Oil
1/2 cup of Romano cheese or Parmesan -for this Romano!
1/3 cup of pine nuts or walnuts chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
salt and pepper
plastic spatula or anything
and some dinner mints (I'll explain this later)
If you have a decent blender or a food processor your lucky. I used my blender for this and I tell you it was aggravating. My blender stinks and I'll go out and buy a food processor ASAP. So I picked up my blender and while it was pulsing, shook it up and down (not recommended).
(Its a good thing to chop and pulse nuts in the blender first if you bought them whole, if not ignore this step). Place nuts and basil together in a food processor along with basil. Give it a few spins around and then add minced garlic. During this time, use your spatula (or whatever works for you) and scrap down the sides. At this point, start to add olive oil-a bit at a time. Add the cheese last and blend in. Put a bit of salt and pepper in for taste.
All this work for one cup of pesto
After eating, or if you have been sampling, place a couple of dinner mints in your mouth so you won't offend anyone with your breath!