Fresh Pesto

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I’ve never made my own pesto before, I’m not sure why as it’s insanely easy to do and I harp on about how much I love it so very often. Drowning in a bath of pesto, that’s how I want to go.

About half way through making this, the husband rocks up in the kitchen:

“Whatcha making?’
“Pesto”
*vom noices and sad faces all round*

He doesn’t like the stuff. Confirming, as I’ve long since believed, that he is a freak. I carried on pestle and mortaring regardless and whipped up a batch of green nectar which I then had for lunch every day for a week. Still not bored of it.

You’ll need:

200ml of extra virgin olive oil.
2 tbsp pine nuts
2tbsp grated parmesan (make them generous!)
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp sea salt
80gm fresh basil, stalks removed

If you have a food processor this can be whipped up super quick. I’ve had this conversation with Ang before I think (when she caught me creaming butter and sugar by hand) but I much prefer doing things manually. I spend so much time sitting at a desk typing – like this very moment in fact – that it feels good to hang out in the kitchen getting my hands dirty. I thought twice about this predilection about half way through but if you too prefer a more hands on approach in the kitchen read on dear friend.

1) Stick your pine nuts, garlic and salt in a pestle and mortar and grind to form a paste.

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2) Add a few basil leaves and a glug of oil and pound away til combined with the paste.

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3) Repeat until you’ve used up all of the basil leaves and about half of the oil.

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4) Chuck the rest of the oil in along with the cheese and give it a good mix.

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Devour at your leisure brandishing your index finger and declaring loudly

I’ll never consume shop bought again…until that time that I run out and dash in for a quick dinner and instantly regret it.

I like mine smothering some fresh wholewheat pasta with a handful of cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of pine nuts. No picture of my delerious little pesto munching face, it just didn’t last that long!

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Are you a fan of the green stuff?

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  • Ooh, I love pesto! Thanks for the recipe; not something I’ve ever thought of making myself. xxx
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  • That looks great. I should start making it. I like the chunky home made, no-blitzed effect yours is 🙂
    http://www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

  • Kerri

    meh, I can take it or leave it with the pesto. The only time I eat is is when I buy the chicken wrap at work that has it in. I don’t really like pine nuts either.

    You’re getting good with the decorative basil leaves though.

  • Em

    Jim makes us pesto all the time, but recently he began to cheat and bought a mini mixer thingy that he does it in (seen here- http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/2015/01/homemade-pasta-and-pesto.html) Yours is far more photogenic 😉 x

  • It’s all about the homemade pesto. I can’t eat shop bought as it just doesn’t taste the same at all. I like to add a bit of lemon zest to mine, especially in summer.
    Rosie xx

  • Oh man this looks AMAZING. I feel like it might be time for me to buy a pestle + mortar. #adulting

    Little Miss Katy | UK Life + Style Blogger

  • Samantha

    This looks delicious! I am such a huge fan of Pesto and yet despite always having fresh basil in the house I have never made my own. Bookmarked this for future use for definite!

  • This looks yummy, I love pesto but have never gotten around to making it myself! Will try this out when I have my own kitchen me thinks! x

  • Let me know if you have a go at it, it’s REALLY good.
    M x

  • Chunky and homemade is where it’s at!
    M x

  • Ha, you can’t beat a few arty farty basil leaves knocking around the place! But a mixer might be nice.
    M x

  • I know right? Me and basil leaves have it going on. In every. single. photo.

    And sorry about your pesto aversion, I’ll try harder…
    M x

  • Oooh yes to lemon zest, I’m going in again with the lemons.
    M x

  • I do feel like a bona fide grown up when I heave mine out of the cupboard.
    DO IT.
    M x

  • Let me know how you get on, this was so ridiculously tasty, even if I do say so myself.
    M x

  • Which is soon!!!! Wahoo!
    Homemade pesto is SO good.
    M x

  • I love pesto! And I often make it at home so I can omit the cheese/sub in nutritional yeast. I have to say that I really admire you for doing this with a mortar and pestle though. That’s pretty next level stuff.

    I’ve also made spinach pesto before which is a nice change!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket