Basil is one of my favorite herbs to grow and it did well this season. This aromatic herb has a pungent smell and a subtle peppery taste with a hint of sweetness.
With just a few ingredients, a couple of minutes and a small food processor, you can make pesto.
1/4 cup toasted pine-nuts (or for a twist on the classic version, try substituting toasted almonds. They are much less expensive.)
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 pinch ground nutmeg
splash of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Process until a coarse paste is formed.
Toss with your favorite hot pasta (add a wee bit of pasta water to thin, and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired)