Basil Pesto

I was thinking about what to cook for tea tonight that won’t be too heavy in the tummy as we will eat late. Jason has karate practise until 8.30 and will need to have something easily digested. We decided on pasta and basil pesto πŸ™‚

First assemble the ingredients. As there are only five of them, it didn’t take too long at all.


1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, halved or chopped
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
5 tablespoons olive oil

Get a small fry pan and heat it on a moderate heat. Add the pine nuts and gently toast till nicely browned.


Tip out onto a plate and allow to cool.

Add the basil leaves, shredded cheese, garlic and pine nuts to the food processor ( or mortar and pestle if preferred) and process till finely chopped.


Whilst your food processor is running pour in the olive oil in a thin stream till the pesto has reached a lovely wet and blobby consistency πŸ™‚

I shall add this to his gluten free penne pasta when he gets home tonight. It tastes so good on its own and I bet it tastes even better on some crackers or even a rack of lamb! Yum!
Bon apetit!

16 thoughts on “Basil Pesto

  1. I love pesto but Steve is not so keen. I don’t know how you managed to get all of those delicious pine nuts into the food processor to be honest ;).

      1. Is it nice over there? Its been a gorgeous day here and we have been outside all day shoring up sanctuary from the bollocks possums. I would love to sit in one of your gorgeous comfy chairs with a nice hot mug of tea and share that packet of pine nuts with you πŸ™‚

      2. I take it you are on your lunch break? It’s just on 3pm here and I am about to start prepping up a mess of calzones for a tired Stevie-boy and then sort out my own dinner (sweet potato noodles and stirfry veggies) and then I will fall into a deep sleep at about 6pm only to wake up at 3am when Bezial pokes his nose in my face and pronounces it “Wake up time woman!” ;).

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