Basil Pesto


Pesto Finished

I think the summer has finally come to Durham. It is almost sunny and I have been spending my days sitting in the sun and drinking champagne cava. There have been lots of picnics and barbecues but this means that I haven’t been cooking much. However I made time to make this quick but awesome pesto. It is amazing how much better this is compared to the stuff from the jar, I mean I could just eat this with a spoon.

This is a classic pesto recipe using fresh basil and toasted pine nuts. I like to add a dash of lemon juice for a bit of a zing. This is super quick and easy to make in a food processor but it can be made using pestle and mortar.

Pesto Ingredients

Basil Pesto
Adapted from BBC Good Food
Prep time: 15 mins
Makes 4 portions.

  • 60g basil
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 25g parmesan cheese
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dash of lemon juice (optional)
  1. Toast the pine nuts in a pan for a few minutes until they get fragrant and slightly coloured, this should take a couple of minutes. Put in a bowl to cool and stop the toasting process.
  2. Put the basil in the food processor. Add roughly chopped garlic clove. Pulse until everything is finely chopped.
  3. Grate the cheese and add to the the food processor along with the pine nuts.
  4. Process and slowly add the olive oil
  5. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.

Serve mixed with pasta and some grated cheese on top.

Print this recipe here.


3 thoughts on “Basil Pesto

  1. Baru, to je moc pěkný! Čerstvý pesto miluju, Lukáš ho občas dělá a od té doby co jsem ho ochutnala tak už to ze skleničky nemůžu jíst :) Fotíš to sama?

  2. Rano jsem koupila krovi bazalky (tomu se ani neda rict trs, je to obrovsky svazek rostlin i s koreny) a jdu zkusit pesto :-)

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