• 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • parmesian cheese
  • pine nuts (optional)


Chop the basil leaves, discarding the stems. Either chop or push the garlic cloves through a press. The amount of garlic used depends on taste. Combine the basil, garlic, and oil (can use only 1/4 c.) in a blender and mix thoroughly. Add cheese and pine nuts.

Use this sauce in a variety of ways. Mix a couple spoonfuls with hot pasta. Spread it on warm bread. Use as a base for pizza. You can store the leftovers in the fridge - a little of this sauce goes along way.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: My Files
Submitted By: Rick Smith
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