Homemade pesto recipe

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serves: 4 - 6
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 5 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 51 kCal 3%
Fat 6.5g 9%
  -  Saturates 1.1g 6%
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  • This easy homemade pesto recipe shows you exactly how classic pesto is made and only takes 5 mins to rustle up.

    This homemade pesto recipe can be used in different ways, the most popular is with pasta. You can also use it as a sauce for grilled fish or meat and it is delicious when stirred into soups or crushed potatoes. Swap that classic tomato pizza sauce for pesto instead for a flavour-packed meal.

    The pine nuts, basil and Parmesan make a delicious combination. This sauce will last up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge. This classic Italian sauce has to be one of our favourite pesto recipes.

    A good homemade pesto needs to be bright in colour, full of fresh ingredients with a strong earthy flavour. Homemade pesto is often cheaper to make than buying shop-bought.


    • 100g basil leaves
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 50g toasted pine nuts
    • 50g Pecorino or Parmesan, freshly grated
    • 8tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • a squeeze of fresh lemon


    • Put all the ingredients in a food processor with salt and pepper and blitz to form a rough paste.

    • To keep it for another day, spoon the pesto into a jar then spoon a little oil on top to preserve it for longer. Cover and keep in the fridge. Use within 1 week.

    • Stir through pasta, drizzle over chicken or spread on salmon fillets – it goes with anything!

    Top tip for making Homemade pesto

    Variations:Use parsley or mint, or a mixture of herbs, or rocket, spinach, or peas or beans. Make with chilli and coriander or red peppers and chilli.

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