I'm a traditionalist when it comes to my Pesto. I like it just the way an old Italian Grandmother would make it. A few simple, fresh, quality ingredients tossed with some hot pasta and call it a day.
If you start using walnuts or almonds or anything besides pinenuts, I start getting angry. Throw in some parsley with the basil and I might just lose it.
You see it's not that I don't appreciate these variations, I mean, let's face it I'm the Queen of changing things up.
But when it comes to my Pesto, my BASIL Pesto, I crave a very specific taste. One that can only be accomplished with just the right amount of all the usual suspects.
What can I say, I'm a little old fashioned with this one... Don't like it? Fine, more for me ;)
3 cups Basil Leaves, loosely packed
¼ cup Pine Nuts
4 cloves of Garlic
¾ cup Parmesan Cheese
¼-½ tsp Kosher Salt
¼ cup - ½ cup Good Olive Oil
Combine and chop all ingredients in a food processor except oil. Then stream in oil until you get a saucy consistency. Enjoy!!