Tonight, I'm making pesto, and the house smells amazing. Once it's done, it will be mixed with hot pasta, leftover roast chicken, and some peas for a delicious dinner.
Here's the recipe I'm using:
2 c. basil leaves, packed
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 c. pine nuts
1/2-2/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
2/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
Put the basil leaves, garlic cloves, and pine nuts into the food processor and whirl around for a while. Add the olive oil while running to get the right consistency, starting with 1/2 cup and adding more if needed. Remove the pesto from the processor and stir in salt, pepper, and cheese.