Homemade pesto recipe

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This pesto 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. It is delicious when stirred into soups or crushed potatoes.

Homemade pesto
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  • healthy
Serves4–6
SkillEasy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time
Total Time5 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories51 Kcal3%
Fat6.5 g9%
Saturated Fat1.1 g6%

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

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Method

  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor with salt and pepper and blitz to form a rough paste.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.