If you love Italian food, you have to love the magic sauce that can take even the most mundane pasta to the level of a sublime dish. Every Italian family has their own secret recipe of Pesto, which is been passed on from generation to another as a legacy. The one rule for making this magic green sauce is that there are no rules, use your creative skills to prepare a batch with ingredients of your choice like – instead of Parmesan you can try Dry Monterey Jack or Cheddar, when it comes to nuts you can pick from pine nuts to pistachios to walnuts or hazelnuts.
250 Gm. Fresh Basil Leaves
½ Cup Parmesan, grated or cubed
¼ Cup Walnuts
2 – 3 garlic cloves crushed
Salt, as per taste
2 Tsp. Peppercorns
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Rinse and dry the basil leaves by spreading in a kitchen towel.
Heat a frying pan on medium heat; add in the walnuts and dry roast them stirring frequently till they are golden. Transfer the roasted walnuts to a cool container immediately (or they will keep roasted on the hot frying pan).
Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth paste is formed.
Store in a clean and dry jar in fridge or it can be used immediately also.