I'm in love with pistou
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Serves: only a few hungry maws
 
Pistou--a garlic and basil sauce--is a close cousin of pesto, and is a wondrous combination of flavors which will make your tastebuds sing. Literally. You'll hear them burst into song. You'll love it.
Ingredients
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly-ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Smash garlic, and then finely chop in processor or blender.
  2. Add basil and salt. Process until basil is finely chopped, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. With machine running, gradually blend in oil.
  3. Add cheese; process to blend well.
  4. Season with pepper. Transfer to bowl. (You can make it up to 2 days ahead. Place plastic wrap directly onto surface of Pistou; refrigerate.)
  5. Now the fun begins: you can 1. eat it off the spoon, or 2. smear it on good bread, or 3. stir it into hot pasta, or 4. slather it on broiled tomatoes, or 5. add it to soup, or 6. use your imagination!
Recipe by vomitingchicken.com at http://vomitingchicken.com/im-love-pistou/