Basil Pesto

My Favorite Pesto

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  • 6 Tbls. unsalted butter
  • 1 C. olive oil
  • 23 cloves, garlic
  • 2 Tbls. grated parmesan cheese (I usually add more – 4 Tbls.)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 C. basil
  • 3/4 C. pine nuts


  1. In a food processor, add butter, olive oil and garlic. Process until combined. Then add parmesan cheese and salt and process some more. Then add the basil and pine nuts and process again, but not too much. It’s nice to have bits of nuts and basil, not a puree. Add a little more salt if necessary and top with fresh grated parmesan cheese if you adding it to pasta.
  2. If it looks a little pale and you want more basil go ahead and add more. If you want less butter, use less. This recipe is very adaptable to your own personal preferences.