1/4 pine nuts (can substitute almonds or walnuts)
4 cloves garlic
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons fresh oregano and/or thyme, leaves stripped from stem (you could also add in fresh parsley or sage)
7 tablespoons olive oil
generous 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Put pine nuts and garlic cloves on a tray and toast under broiler. Keep a close eye as they can go from perfect to cinders in a flash!
Throw all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth, or whatever consistency you like.
And that's it.
Variations: add 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, or some spinach leaves and a teaspoon of lemon juice, or substitute the plain olive oil for an infused variety.
Two hours later... IT LIVES AGAIN!