Spur-of-the-moment pesto

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Basil, globe, fresh
1½ cup Basil, holy (krapau)
3 \N Garlic clove
2 teaspoons Chives; chopped
1½ cup Olive oil
1 cup Parmesan; grated
\N \N Sam Waring
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Pepper, black
½ cup Pecan pieces
1 cup Chicken, leftover; minced
2 \N Anchovy fillets (opt)

In a blender or food processor combine the basils, garlic, chives, cheese, anchovies, salt, pepper, and ½ cup of the olive oil. Blend at low speed until a puree consistency is achieved. Drizzle in the remaining oil, blending at low speed until the oil is completely incorporated. Add the chicken and process no more than five seconds.

Add the pecans and process no more than another five seconds; the chicken and pecans should still be identifiable. Serve as a sauce for pasta salad or hot pasta.

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