The Best Basil Pesto

If you have a blender, smoothie maker, ‘bullet’ blender or coffee grinder you can make this in a jiffy.  There are so many ways to use pesto, you will wonder why its taken you so long to make it!  Add it to pasta, smear it on grilled fish or chicken, make a tasty sandwich with grilled vegetables and pesto, toss it through roast veggies once they are cooked….the list is endless.  Traditionally it is made with pine-nuts, but they are so expensive I usually use cashew or macadamia instead.  You can also use different herbs, coriander is good and so is aniseed. 

2 cups fresh basil, rinsed and stems removed

1/3 cup pine-nuts (or cashews or macadamia)

2 fresh garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/2 cup parmesan (using freshly grated really does made a difference to powdered)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

Place everything in the blender and blend for about 2 minutes.

Pour into a jar and keep in the fridge.

I usually pour extra olive oil on top just to stop it drying out

 

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