Pesto is just about as simple to make as can be. The shopping list is short, nothing on the list is pricey, except for the pine nuts, but you can substitute some cheaper nuts if you must.
It is a bright, enlivening sauce, and you can make it as sharp as you like. What's not to like?
Toss some in your favorite pasta, add it to your lasagna, use it to grill fresh oysters with or add fresh tomatoes and cream for something rich and delicious.
Still don't see anything that appeals to you? Add shrimp or chicken, serve it with store-bought gnocchi for something quick, or make a pesto, add to a large bowl and dunk with freshly toasted crusty bread.
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1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
Optional 2-4 cloves garlic
Combine everything but the oil in a food processor, turn on low and dribble the oil in until I it is just as thick as you like it.