Makes about 6oz
A couple roasted garlic cloves, more or less to taste
1 ounce fresh basil leaves
1 ounce walnuts
3 tablespoons grated romano or parmesan cheese
1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
juice from half of a lemon
a few pinches of salt
First roast the garlic. (click here to learn how)
Next, combine garlic, basil and walnuts in a food processor and process for 30 seconds or until chopped fairly evenly. While the food processor is still running drizzle in olive oil, then the cheese and lemon juice. Add salt to taste but remember the cheese is salty already.
Toss pesto with warm pasta, or spread on crusty baguette (my favorite way to eat it). Also makes a great spread for sandwiches, a base for bruschetta, or pizza; and it's delicious mixed with ricotta, in calzones and stuffed shells.