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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