In a food processor, put a large bunch of fresh basil leaves (altho you can make this with many different herbs for different flavor), 2 cloves of peeled garlic, and salt and pepper. If you like pignoli nuts (pine nuts) you can toss in a small handful of those as well.
Turn the processer on and through the spout, begin to drizzle in extra virgin olive oil - slowly. You want it to come to a smooth consistancy, say about 1/2 cup of oil to a couple of packed cups of basil. (more or less as needed - that's just a guesstimate) When done, pour into a bowl and add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesean cheese (none of that jarred crap! Yes, it makes a difference!), stirring to combine thoroughly.
Use at room temperature tossed with pasta, or you can brush this over shrimp as you grill them (also nice with scallops).
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