I consider Pesto to be one of God's greatest gifts to mankind. What more could a food need than basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese? I grow basil year-round, just for the purpose of making pesto whenever I feel like it. I must have been Italian in another life. Truly one of the world's most perfect foods, and so easy to make!
1. Place all the ingredients in the food processor, except the cheese. Blend to a smooth puree, but don't overblend.
2. Transfer to a bowl and beat the cheese in.
3. Cover and refrigerate until mixing into pasta or serving, no longer than a week. Can also be frozen in a freezer bag until use.
This recipe makes enough to cover 1/2 lb. (dry) pasta, or two servings.