This was my first time making homemade pesto without pine nuts. I think I almost like the almonds better. It really did taste very similar, plus almonds are a lot cheaper!
2-3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Put everything in a food processor, except for the olive oil. Turn the processor on slow until well mixed, then start drizzling the olive oil in until all mixed and paste like consistency. Salt and pepper to desired taste.