Fresh Basil Pesto

(from beanarm’s recipe box)

Source: (from RecipeThing user bradleygirl)

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serves 4 people


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese (or Parmesan)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. If you are using walnuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times in a food processor.

  2. Combine the basil in with the nuts, pulse a few times more. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

  3. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.

  4. Add the grated Romano cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  5. Makes 1 cup.

  6. Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.

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