cups fresh spinach leaves
cup fresh parsley leaves
cup pine nuts or walnuts
teaspoon dried basil
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
cup virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine spinach, parsley, garlic, nuts and basil in a blender or food processor. Blend with pulsing action to mix. Add cheese and whirl for 15 seconds. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Continue to process until pesto reaches desired consistency. Allow pesto to stand for about 5 minutes before serving to allow flavors to develop. Makes about 1-1/2 cups of pesto.