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Fresh Basil Pesto

6th January 2018
Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex Girl

Some of the yummiest foods in life are easy peasy to make and when homemade are unrecognisable from their shop-bought counterparts. This basil pesto recipe is one of those foods!  It packs a punch of garlic and pesto which is beautifully offset by the parmesan. It is waiting to be spooned into pasta, drizzled over pizza or, as I made this batch for, used as an ingredient in baking.

Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex Girl

Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex GirlThe key bit of kitchen equipment that makes this really quick and easy to make is having a food processor handy.  It is hard to get the same smooth blend from hand chopping but you could attempt a chunky version that way.

This recipe requires just five ingredients, they just need to be fresh!  It’ll keep in the fridge for a week if you pop it into an airtight container, I favour a Kilner jar but anything will do.  It makes a simple meal when mixed through pasta or try stuffing it into a chicken breast with some mozzarella. Yum scrum!

Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex Girl

Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex Girl

Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex Girl

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Fresh Basil Pesto

Packed full of flavour.

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 4 tbsp Pine Nuts
  • 25 g grated Parmesan
  • 80 ml Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the basil, garlic, pine nuts and 3 tbsp of parmesan to the bowl of a food processor. Combine on a medium speed until fully chopped.

  2. Stop the food processor and scrape the bowl down. Switch the food processor back on and pour the olive oil in to the bowl in a slow stream.

  3. In the last few seconds, add a few more leaves of basil and the final tbsp of pine nuts. Pulse the mixer so that they are roughly chopped but not entirely blended in - this leaves a little crunch!

  4. Scrape the pesto into an airtight container like a Kilner jar, it'll keep in the fridge for about a week.

Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex Girl

Fresh Basil Pesto - The Sussex Girl

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