Into the container of a Blender put —
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup pine nuts (to taste)
3 garlic cloves (or more, to taste)
1 1/2 cups basil leaves (well-washed, dried, and pickedover, no stems; tightly packed)
1 tsp. salt (may omit)
Blend for 1 to 1 1/4 minutes or until the ingredients arereduced to a paste.
Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, Pecorino, or Sardo cheese (or a combination of thethree) and blend again briefly.