Traditionally pesto is made with basil, but who is traditional in 2011? Try using any kind of green herb in place of basil. Play around with different flavors and see what you discover. Pesto can be used as a rub, for marinating, or for tossing with your favorite pasta.
Bunch of your favorite herb, no stems (basil, pasta, chervil, cilantro…)
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
a clove or two of garlic
1/2 cup of pignolis (pine nuts)
pinches of salt and white pepper ( I use white pepper because it blends in)
1/2 cup of oil, divided
1. Combine all of the ingredients with half of the amount of oil in a blender and pulse until it becomes pureed.
2. Slowly pour in the remaining oil while the blender is running until smooth. Check your seasoning and adjust to your taste.
Makes about 1 cup-1/2 cup of sauce.