3cupsbasil leavesfresh, loosely packed, rinsed and dry
1/2cupextra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Over medium heat, toast pine nuts in a pan on stove top for a few minutes. Set aside to cool down.
Pulse together pine nuts, minced garlic, cheese and basil leaves in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
Drizzle the olive oil while the food processor is whirling until smooth and thick, approximately 30-60 seconds.
Season to taste.
When toasting the pine nuts, make sure you move the pan around and stay close. You do not want your perfectly toasted pine nuts to become burnt....believe me when I tell you it takes seconds.Measure the fresh, whole basil leaves by packing them loosely in your measuring cup. Be sure to remove the stems.1 serving=1 tablespoonIf not using right away, add about 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice and drizzle a little bit of olive oil over top before refrigerating. Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.