And get this, kids... You can make pesto with things other than basil. Cue the chorus of angels, that's a lot of easy sauces. Perhaps this makes me a liberal elite, but I did this pesto with arugula. Quick... name that 2007 conservative campaign tune.
Say what you will about this fancy green. It's friggin' delicious no matter what side of the aisle you're on.
4 cups arugula
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, with the exception of the olive oil. Pulse until chopped and then turn on processor and stream-in oil.