I love basil, pine nuts and cheese, so it’s only logical that I like pesto. What isn’t logical is how long it took me to finally make my own pesto at home. Pesto is quick, easy and tastes fantastic on almost anything.
I just smeared some on a slice of toast, but I’d have to say my favourite way to enjoy pesto is simply tossed with some pasta. How do you make your pesto and what’s your favourite way to eat it?
Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe from simplyrecipes
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Makes 1 cup.