2-3 Cups Basil
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tablespoon of Butter
A tinge of Lemon juice
Salt and Pepper
- Wash the basil leaves with water (no soap) and remove the stems and ugly looking leaves
- Put it in a food processor or crush with a mortar & pestle. I tried it with an osterizer. It just doesn't work. It maybe due to blade positioning.
- Add the garlic, butter, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Most sites use raw garlic but I've seen a few where you boil it for a minute. In lieu of nuts, I've seen suggestions to use sesame seed or roasted garlic. Up to you. If you plan to freeze this for later use, don't add the cheese yet since I've read that it doesn't freeze well.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
If you plan to freeze this, one suggestion I've seen is to put it in a ice cube tray, freeze then transfer to a plastic bag. Then you just get the cubes as needed.
If only my sweet basil would grow faster, I'd have more to do. My cinnamon basil has the wrong flavor for pasta so that's out of the question. I tried it with tea though. There was no taste. I think I need to use more leaves.