1 cup of fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tablespoon of tomato paste
3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
place the basil leaves in a food processor (or blender) with garlic, parmesan and tomato paste. process until its thoroughly mixed. gradually pour in olive oil. salt and pepper to taste.
store in a airtight container in the freezer. can be used to flavor soups or sauces.
tip: adding lemon juice to the pesto keeps the color bright green