Blend basil, salt (about 1/2 tsp salt) process a few secs til chopped. Add cheese, pine nuts, garlic, & oil. Process til smooth, leave in blender.
Cook pasta til al dente. Add 1 Tbsp pasta water, process just to blend. Combine, and serve.
Note: it took about 20 minutes to wash and de-leaf the basil onto a paper towel. Dried the leaves in colander on the floor in front of the fan for an hour or so.
The plain pesto freezes well (no pasta water). I freeze it in 1 cup disposable tupperwares
and put a piece of plastic wrap touching the surface of the pesto
before freezing to help limit discoloration. I've also experimented w/
adding a few drops of lemon juice to prevent discoloration but don't have
enough data on this method to say if it works.
First made ~June 1999, Recipe from Carol