2 cups packed basil leaves (approx. 2 oz) ⅓ cup olive oil ½ cup finely chopped walnuts (optionally toast them) 3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed ½ cup grated parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons softened butter (optional) ½ teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Place basil, olive oil, walnuts, garlic and salt (if using) in food processor.
  2. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add Parmesan and butter (if using) and blend 5-10 seconds more.
  4. Just before serving, add 2 Tbsp of hot pasta water from cooked pasta.
  5. Serve over pasta with bread and salad.