Traditional pesto sauce recipes specify pine nuts, but you can also use almonds or walnuts. There are many ways to use pesto sauce besides serving it on pasta. Add it to soups for extra flavor or spread it on pizza dough and top with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and Mozzarella cheese. Try tossing pesto sauce with cubed chicken or with some cutup cooked potatoes. Pesto sauce freezes well, so when late summer brings a bumper crop of basil, make plenty of pesto sauce for the freezer to use all winter.
Wash and dry the herbs. Peel the garlic. Place everything but the olive oil in the food processor bowl with the steel knife in place.
Process with on/off pulses until all the ingredients are finely minced. You will have to stop several times to scrape down the sides of the bowl.