It's harvest time in Northern New England and like every year for the past 20, I'm cutting my basil and putting up a year's worth of pesto. Everyone claims my pesto is the best theyve had anywhere. Now you can have some too.

Step 1: Ingredients

1 food processor, grating and chopping blades

3 cloves - 1 bulb garlic
1/4 lb good parmesan cheese
1/2 stick (2 oz) butter
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c pine (pignola) nuts

1 ice cube tray (for freezing)
Ok, i get it, the pine nuts are mentioned elsewhere, sorry :)
Parsley and Butter are not part of the traditional ingredients for pesto, however i don't doubt that it could be a good idea to use some. I never put all the ingredients together in a food processor, i crush everything separately, i make a paste with the garlic, i crush the pine nuts (u don't mention them by the way, Pesto should absolutely have Pine nuts !), i grate the cheeses (Parmesan AND Pecorino), then i crush the basil (u can use a food processor there) after that i start mixing, tasting, mixing, tasting again, the ingredients are never the same, basil can be more or less dry, the pine nuts to. i nevr add any salt, but i use pepper, long indian pepper to be precise (it's worth a try) Peeling the garlic without removing it's center is a bad idea, the center is hard to digest, and is the biggest cause of bad breath. Your basil looks great !
Brilliant recipe! We have wild garlic round here, and come next spring I'm going to try Wild Garlic pesto. Yum!
You might try raw cashews for the nuts too if you have them cheap. (Trader Joes for mine) They are rich and tasty! I usually have them on hand for one reason or another, so they get used more often than pine nuts for me.
Looks good! I make mine with pecorino cheese as well as parmesan. I also roast the rine nuts first. Really like the idea of freezing for pesto-on-demand!!
Cool. I never thought of roasting the pine nuts, I'll try that for my next batch. Thanks for the suggestion. I also notice that I forgot to mention adding the salt and pepper. I use 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and add it to the food processor along with the basil leaves.
Looks tasty

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