So. Pesto is dead simple and tasty.

* Fresh basil leaves – 2 cups, packed
* Garlic – 2 cloves
* Olives – 1/4 cup sliced black
* Pine nuts – 1/4 cup
* Extra virgin olive oil – 2/3 cup divided
* 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano/Parmigiano-Reggiano mix, freshly shredded

Put the basil, garlic, olives, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until it’s roughly chopped. Add the extra virgin olive oil and pulse until it’s smooth. Move to a serving bowl and stir in the cheese.

We served this with fresh bread. Ours was homemade Italian Herb bread. We put some olive oil on a plate (a few ounces), then put a little bit of the pesto in the oil and a little bit of salt. Twirl the plate to kind of mix everything gently, then dip your bread in it. The warmer the bread the better. Yum.

{September 17, 2012}