- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
- 3 medium sized garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Add ingredients to food processor or blender and pulse until smooth and creamy. Slice French bread and toast for 5 minutes until crunchy. Spread immediately with fresh pesto.