My favorite thing to make, when I have an abundance of basil that's about to go bad, is fresh pesto. Rarely does basil stick around long enough for this to occur, but when it does, oh - it is wonderful.
Pesto is one of those things that you might not eat too often, but when you do you wonder why you don't have it for every meal. What's better than basil, garlic, cheese, and a hint of nutty goodness?
2 cups Fresh Basil
3 cloves of Garlic
1/4 cup Pine Nuts
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes *optional
Combined basil, garlic, pine nuts, and red pepper flakes in a food processor or blender. Pulse until chopped, then pour in your olive oil and continue to blend until smooth and incorporated. Stir in your cheese and you're done!
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