Basil Pesto

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Preparation:

Remove stems from basil and wash and drain leaves.  In 12-quart stockpot on Wolf rangetop over high heat, bring 6 quarts of very salty water to a boil. Place the leaves into a wire basket that fits into the pot of water. Place the basket into the water for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the basket and plunge it into ice water.  Squeeze water out of basil and set aside. Add all ingredients, including the basil, into 14-cup food processor bowl with cutting blade.  Process for 3 minutes or until mixture is well-mixed.


Makes 6 to 7 cups.