Pesto is a sauce that originated in Italy. It traditionally consists of crushed garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmigiano-Reggiano and blended with olive oil. Pesto is delicious over pasta, baked potatoes, green beans, seafood, salmon as well as many other dishes.
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons butter, room temperature
- Salt and pepper, to taste