Posted by Carolynhttps://umamigirl.com/my-perfect-homemade-pesto/
My Perfect Homemade Pesto
Preparation15 minTotal Time0:15
cup pine nuts or shelled walnut pieces
garlic scapes, cut into 1/2-inch segments OR 2 large garlic cloves
gently packed cups fresh basil leaves
teaspoon fine sea salt
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
cup extra-virgin olive oil
cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese
Toast the walnuts in a small, dry pan over medium heat until they are fragrant and a little darker brown than they started out (3 to 5 minutes). Let cool slightly and pour into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.
Add the garlic scapes or cloves, basil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and process just until a thick paste forms. Stop to press any stray or stubborn basil leaves into the whirling action of the blade as necessary.
With the motor running, pour the olive oil through the feed tube in a slow stream. Add the grated cheese to the bowl and process for a few seconds more to incorporate.