Pesto is easy to make and enhances countless dishes. Making it yourself will also save you a tidy bundle, since purchased pesto is not cheap. It also makes very appreciated gifts, in little jars everyone will love.
Basically, it's a thick spread made from delicious Italian ingredients, and used on pasta,
Here's how to make it into pesto:
2 Cups packed fresh basil leaves
1 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Cup pine nuts
1/3 Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
Whirl until smooth. That's it! You'll get just under two cups of pesto. Use it on sandwiches in place of mayonnaise, top a baked potato with it, spread it on french bread, cover with mozzarella and broil until bubbly, here I go again. Have a delicious, carefree summer!