One of my really good friends devised this and I stole it. Way yummy and poeple keep requesting the recipe. And EASY.
Take one of those big organic basil packages from whole foods or the regular grocery store (like A BIG pack). take all the leaves and put them in a food processor. Open two cans of chick peas/garbanzo beans, drain them and then add to teh food processor. Add a couple cloves of garlic (without skins), and small handful of parmesan cheese (you can omit if you like) and then enough olive oil to your liking/consistency while you pulse it to a smooth mixture, scraping down as needed. Salt to taste.
We LOVE this with veggies and bread. We tried it once on pasta and it's not as yummy, but not bad, but better as a dip.
I'm going to go make some now!
Oh, and it freezes well, so divvy it up in a few containers and freeze. Or, if in summer, you have a crop of basil, don't let it go to waste, blend it with olive oil and freeze to be used later for meals (or this dip).
Hope this helps someone!