We LOVE fresh pesto at our house! The past couple of years we have grown our own basil so making the pesto is pretty convenient. And it's so easy to make. It also freezes really well so you can still have fresh pesto in the middle of the winter.
This recipe is actually from a neighbor in my old ward Barb Elder----thanks Barb!
2 cups fresh basil
2 TBSP pine nuts (I have also used walnuts before)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/4 cup grated romano cheese
2/3 cup olive oil
2 TBSP butter
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.
Note: I also will use ONLY parmesan since I don't normally keep romano on hand. Still tastes great!
I freeze the pesto in small batches so it stays as fresh as possible. It also stays fresher looking if you keep a small layer of olive oil over the top.