My basil is beautiful this year. My family loves pesto and we wait all year for fresh basil from the garden so that we can eat fresh pesto on our pasta at least once a week. Saturday night, after a day at our local renaissance faire, we came home to fresh pesto pasta salad with a tossed salad and some cold rosé wine. Here is the recipe for my pesto.
2 cups basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup walnuts (I was out so I used pecans for this batch)
salt and pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix to desired consistency. Mix with pasta.