Basic Pesto

Basic Pesto
Makes 2 cups

1 c parmesan cheese (I love Kirkland Signature Parmigiano Reggiano Aged 24 Months from Costco, in blocks)
2 c basil
1/2 c pine nuts or walnuts
1 c olive oil
1/4 t. salt  
1 t. pepper
Garlic, optional

 

 

In a food processor, grate block of parmesan until course.  Add basil and pulse until combined, then add pine nuts, salt, and pepper, and pulse again.  Add olive oil while machine is running. Spoon this mixture into ice cube trays, freeze, then pop into plastic bags for use during the long winter.  

Basic Pesto