Basic Pesto


Use this basic recipe to create any kind of pesto with garden greens.  You can substitute any leafy green vegetable or herb for the basil.


2 cups
fresh basil (washed)
1⁄2 cup
parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
1 cup
olive oil
1 cup
toasted nuts ((optional))
cloves garlic (roughly chopped)


Add the garlic, nuts, cheese and one tablespoon of olive oil to the basin of a food processor.  Pulse into a paste.

Add the basil leaves.  Pulse until the greens and paste are mixed, then scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

With the food processor running, stream the rest of the olive oil in through the chute in the lid.

Check the seasonings and add salt and pepper to taste.