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I wish I could bottle the smell of fresh basil.   I think they should make a perfume that smells like that. 

My Sitara's Basil Pestofavorite way to have this pesto is tossed with hot right-out-of-the-pot spaghetti with lots of Parmesan cheese on top...and of course some crusty bread to clean up the plate.

Recipe By     : Sitara
Serving Size  : 20   Preparation Time :0:20
Categories    : Appetizers                       Spreads
                Italian                          Pasta
                Sauces                           Sandwiches

  Amount     Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
     --------     ------------       --------------------------------
   3               cups          basil leaves -- packed
   2               large         garlic cloves -- rough chopped
     1/2         cup            pine nuts
     3/4         cup            fresh parsley -- packed
     3/4         cup            Parmesan cheese -- grated
     1/2         cup            olive oil
     1/4         cup            butter -- melted
                        salt to taste

Place all ingredients except salt in food processor.     Process by pulsing until you have a fairly smooth paste with just a bit of chunkiness.    Taste for salt and add if you need it.

Serve this pesto as a spread for crostini, a stuffing for chicken breasts, a sauce for hot pasta, etc.etc.etc.    There are as many ways to use it as your imagination can come up with.

For a pesto cream sauce whisk pesto with heavy cream or half and half and warm gently, then toss with your pasta or use as a sauce over chicken, etc.