2 cups fresh basil leaves, thoroughly washed and patted dry (I pack in 2 cups worth)
4 good size garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 cup shelled walnuts
1 cup best-quality olive oil
1 cup freshly grated imported Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated imported Romano cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Combine the basil, garlic and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor--or halve the recipe and use a blender--and chop
2. Leave the motor running and add the olive oil in a slow steady stream.3. Shut the motor off, add the cheese, a big pinch of salt and a liberal grinding of pepper. Process briefly to combine, then scrape out into a bowl and cover until ready to use.
Makes 2 cups, enough to sauce 2 pounds of pasta.I put it into 2 one-cup canning jars. I give one away and keep the other to enjoy. This is so simple and can be made in less than 10 minutes if you have all the ingredients ready.
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