Published: Feb 20, 2013 8:56 AM EST

THE NEAPOLITAN GOURMET 5415 AIRPORT ROAD NAPLES 239-594-8285

PESTO SAUCE

3 c fresh basil, loosely packed (wash, rinse and dry)

2/3 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 cloves fresh garlic

¼ c Pignolis nuts (can substitute walnuts)

½ tsp salt

½ c Grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese

1 lb Bow Ties or your favorite Pasta

Blend the first 5 ingredients until smooth in a blender or food processor

Boil water for Pasta. Cook and strain reserving some of the water in a separate bowl.

Add Pesto to Pasta and toss with Cheese

Add some of the water if needed.

Enjoy!

Serves 4