2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese (I used Parmesan)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (I used pine nuts)
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts, pulse them a few times first before adding the basil). Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
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. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 1 cup
Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.