If you’re anything like me, you will love pesto – who doesn’t? It goes with pretty much anything!
Rather than buying jars of the stuff, which then stays in the back of the fridge until I re-discover it months later, covered in mould, I have now started making my own from scratch whenever I need it. It is so easy to make, and takes hardly no time – all you need is a few base ingredients and you’re good to go!
I was given this “recipe” by an Italian colleague so I’d like to think it’s fairly authentic as well.
- Pine nuts – a handful, toast them first if you like
- Garlic – a couple of cloves, or however much you fancy
- Parmesan cheese – to taste
- Fresh Basil leaves – a bunch
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – couple of glugs
- Salt and Pepper
Are you starting to see a pattern? It’s pretty much trial and error until you get the consistency and taste you like. I love parmesan, so I tend to overload on the stuff, but it still works well.
You could also try and add a few other things to the mix, depending on what you like and have available; leftover rocket salad, toasted walnuts, lemon zest, sundried tomatoes, – just whatever you fancy! (If it doesn’t work, you will know for next time)
Throw everything in a blender, or if you are wanting it proper authentic, use a pestle and mortar to hand-blend the pesto. I have never tried this, as I am too lazy, but it probably makes it taste even better.
Blend for a few minutes and hey presto! Fresh pesto for your dinner!
If you try this, do let me know what you think, and whether you added any other ingredients!