Making Perfect Pesto

I’m not sure why this wasn’t the first thing I ever posted here; given the blog name it really should have been!

If it isn’t already obvious, I love pesto. It’s just so delicious, so cheap and pretty good for you; a combination that isn’t always that easy to come across. It really is one of the easiest things to make, so if you’ve always been a shop bought jar kind of person, give this a go instead and I promise you will never look back.

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The beauty of making anything yourself is that you can make it exactly how you like it. You can vary the quantities of everything, add in something a little bit different if you fancy it, and no two batches will ever taste exactly the same.

To make your very own perfect pesto, you will need:

  • Basil Leaves – a couple of handfuls
  • Pine Nuts – around 100g
  • 1 Lemon – the juice and zest
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan Cheese – grated
  • Salt and Pepper

To make life easier use a blender if you have one, but if not then a pestle and mortar along with lots of arm strength will do the job.

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Toast your pine nuts in a little olive oil then add these to your blender along with the basil leaves, garlic, parmesan, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add a few glugs of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Blitz (or bash) until you are happy with the consistency, adding more olive oil or basil leaves as needed. I like pesto to be quite chunky, but if you like it smooth then just keep blending.

Transfer to a bowl, add another drizzle of olive oil and hey pesto! (I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist)

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If you like things spicy try adding a little bit of fresh chilli, or for a richer red pesto add sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and extra garlic. It will keep in the fridge for around a week and can be used to make the simplest weekday meals a little bit more exciting. I stirred this pesto through some fresh pasta and added shredded roast chicken for a really quick supper, but it’s also great with fish, drizzled over pizza, or as a simple way to dress a tomato and mozzarella salad.

Pesto really is perfect!

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