1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined - with or without the tails
6 cups fresh basil leaves, gently packed, or any other green
1 - 2 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, or other hard cheeses
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, or any other nut
1/4 - 1/2 cup good quality, extra-virgin olive oil
Red pepper flakes if desired
1. Prepare the pesto by putting half of the basil in the bowl of a food processor (or blender) along with the garlic, parmesan, salt, pine nuts and red pepper flakes if desired. Blend continuously until the ingredients are finely chopped.
2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then blend in the rest of the basil until a uniform paste has formed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again as needed.
3. With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil. To use as a marinade,...