Quick and easy pesto, pulsed in the food processor, makes good use of the abundance of spicy basil during summer. It takes just a few minutes to make a sauce for topping pastas, sandwiches, or vegetables.
- Yield: Makes 1 cup
- 3 cups packed fresh basil, torn into pieces
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves
- Coarse salt
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly ground pepper
Puree basil, nuts, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor. With machine running, slowly add oil, and process until smooth. Stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper.