pesto is my go to. i'm not huge on tomato sauce so when i need something to slap onto my pasta, i reach for a jar of pesto. it's also what i add to my grilled cheese & homemade pizza when i want to be fancy.
pesto is fancy.
& easy. which is why i really have no excuse not to make it 100% of the time. but Barilla does a pretty good job & the jar is so pretty...
anyway- when i have the energy to expend this is how i do it.
Basil Mint Pesto
2 cups fresh basil, packed
mint leaves, about 8-10
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, fresh is best but i use the other stuff in a pinch
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
Directions: Toss the basil, mint leaves, pine nuts, garlic & grated cheese into your food processor. Pulse until your mixture is coarsely ground. Season with the salt & pepper, to taste, & then, with your food processor running, stream in the olive oil.
& you're done.
p.s. if you don't have a food processor then you can simply dump everything (all at once) into your blender or one of those small food choppers & go to town. i've done it both ways & my pesto always tastes the same.