My friend & co-worker surprised me today with a nice big bag of sweet basil picked from her herb garden.  When I saw it, I got excited & shouted PESTO (in my head)!

As soon as I got home, I pull out my pine nuts, olive oil & garlic. Before you know it, I was in business with one of my favorite flexible condiments.

We of course use it on pasta but we also use it in chicken salad, rice, stir fries, crackers with mozzarella & scrambled eggs….

Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm

I usually do not measure when I cook but to be a little more accurate, I pulled out some measuring cups.

– 2-3 cups of Basil
– ¼ Cup pine nuts
– 4 Garlic cloves
– Olive oil
– 1/3 Cup Parmesan cheese

– Drop your bunch of basil into a food processor with pine nuts, garlic cloves & cheese then pulse for 5 secs
– Pour in about ½ cup of olive oil & pulse again for 10 seconds

After my pesto was done, I cooked up some bow-tie pasta/farfalle & tossed in a little pesto. The pasta was served with some blackened Alaskan salmon and red kool-aid.