1⁄4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, walnuts or pine nuts
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1⁄2 cup olive oil
salt to taste
2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed with a heavy knife handle and peeled
1⁄2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese or Romano pecorino cheese
juice of 1 lemon
Toast the nuts or seeds until they smell delicious. (You can do this on a cookie sheet in the oven, in your toaster oven, or in a pan on the stove over low heat, stirring regularly.) Put all the ingredients in your food processor and grind until it turns into a smooth paste. Taste and add more cheese or oil or lemon juice or nuts or garlic until it seems right to you.