Basil pesto

Basil pesto

Basil pesto recipe

One of the simplest of sauces has to be basil pesto.

Several ingredients + very little effort = a very tasty result.

Once upon a time I made mine in a food processor, but I now prefer to use a mortar and pestle for a more rustic texture. Every cook has their own version and method, so here’s mine.

Basil pesto recipe

Basil pesto recipe

Basil pesto recipe

basil pesto

makes approximately 1 cup

 

  • 2 bunches basil
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 4 tbsp parmesan, finely grated
  • virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & black pepper, to taste

 

Pick the leaves from the bunches of basil and place them into a mortar. Add the pine nuts, parmesan and a pinch of salt. Using the pestle, pound the ingredients until a paste forms, adding the olive oil until smooth. Add more seasoning, to taste.

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