3 medium sized garlic cloves
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Special equipment needed: A food processor
Pluck basil leaves off of stem/plant, set aside.
Peel garlic cloves, set aside.
Add garlic to food processor and process until chopped fine. Add basil leaves, process until chopped fine. Add olive oil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts or walnuts, salt and pepper to taste. Process entire mixture until combined.
Makes 1 cup.
Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, on top of cooked salmon, or spread over toasted baguette slice.