Some of my garden died or suffered badly this summer (from the early floods, hail, and record temps, I can't really tell), but my basil has been going bonkers. I have two fine bushes of it, and I don't make nearly enough pizza to use it up. So, pesto! Really, pesto is incredibly easy to make.
3 cups fresh-picked basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 walnuts (or pine nuts, if you're high-brow)
3 medium sized garlic cloves
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Throw everything in a blender or a food processor. Turn on and process until it has reached a pesto texture. Done! The recipe I used as a guide had an elaborate list of instructions and ordering of bullet points of how to throw things in the blender, but I didn't follow it and mine turned out fine. I threw it onto a plate of whole-wheat penne and away I went.
VERDICT: Delicious. Highly addictive. Makes you taste garlic for days. PERFECT!