how do you make basil pesto?
Here's a video of Amanda and Merrill making pesto
Here is a simple recipe from Patricia Wells I love
4 plump fresh garlic cloves
sea salt to taste
2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves and flowers
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
In the food processor place the garlic, slat and basil and process to paste. Add the oil and process again. Transfer to bowl, taste for seasoning.
What I like about this recipe there is no call for pine nuts - to me they don't add much flavor. When I have walnuts I throw them in.
Check out the link below from Saveur - it's all about Pesto!
SSK's recipe has all the essential ingredients. The only thing I'd add is a handful of pine nuts.
I agree with SSK that plain pinenuts offer an underwhelming flavor addition to basil pesto, but if you toast them first it makes all the difference. I know a lot of people toast them in the oven but I inevitably burn them that way and then find myself muttering obscenities under my breath (which my children hear and then repeat to my mother). I've found using a dry skillet over medium heat and watched like a hawk while giving the occasional shake allows you to get perfectly golden pine nuts that add the traditional texture with a bit of a boosted flavor.
The pesto at Bonefish Grill has this combo: basil, fresh oregano, toasted pine nuts, garlic, red pepper flakes, kalamata olives, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper.
You may want to try a basic recipe like SKK's above and add ingredients that appeal to you to create your own yummy recipe. :)