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Step 1: Gather your tools and ingredients.
Large heavy skillet (cast iron rules)
Good sharp knife
Wooden spoon or latex spatula
1 cup pine nuts
1 1/2 cups roughly grated parmsan cheese (or other favorite hard cheese)
1 1/2 heads garlic, minced
3 cups fresh basil, rough chopped
1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
Enough of your favorite pasta for four adults (farfalle or fusilli are our favorites)
Step 2: Cheese Prep
*TIP! Be sure to grate much more cheese than you will use in the recipe, because people passing by can't help but reach out and snatch pinches to snack on.
Step 3: Basil Prep
Step 4: Garlic Prep
*TIP! To release the cloves from their paper thin husks easily, lay those babies out on your chopping block and give them each a light bludgeoning. Just one swift whack per piece with a flat-bottomed jar or other device will suffice. Now simply slice off the dry nubby base and pull the peel off with it. Easy peasy! See photos.