There is nothing that says summer to me better than pesto made from basil fresh picked from my garden. Here's my recipe:
First put some water on to boil ready to cook your pasta. If it's dry pasta, put it on to cook now. If it is fresh pasta, wait until you've prepared the pesto.
Strip the leaves from a two or three long stems of basil. About this many.
Wash them well, drain and wack them into the food processor.
Fry two tablespoons of pinenuts in a tablespoon of olive oil until they're browned like this.
Zap 'em for a bit.
While the food processor is still running, add 1/4 cup olive oil in a thin stream.
Move the pesto to a mixing bowl and add three tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.
Add it to your pasta. Mine is potato gnocchi.
Then you're done, and you can eat. Only I like mine with fresh tomato and goats cheese.
Enjoy. And think of me. This is one of my very favourite summer dishes.
Are you a pesto lover? What is your favourite pasta sauce?