this is stupid easy.

you will need:

  • 5 cloves of garlic, about 1/4 cup
  • 4 cups fresh basil, loosely packed
  • 2/3 cup parmesan, medium to coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2/3 cup good olive oil
  • juice of a fresh lemon
  • a food processor

with the food processor running, add the garlic until finely chopped. stop the motor and add the basil, parmesan, nuts, lemon juice and s+p. process until very finely chopped and looks like this:

then while motor running, slowly pour the olive oil in until smooth and completely incorporated.

yield: about 1 1/3 cups.

toss with your favorite pasta, mix with hummus for a dip for pita or chips, or use as an alternative or additional sauce on pizza.