½ cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
⅓ cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Take some fresh Basil
Combine the basil with the pine nuts, garlic and cheese, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.)
Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.
Recipe by Hotel Mockingbird Hill - your home in Jamaica at http://www.hotelmockingbirdhill.com/fresh-basil-pesto/