Make your own Basil Pesto

Make your own Basil Pesto

Ingredients (1½ Cups)

2 cups basil leaves, coarsely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

¼ cup (45g) toasted pine nuts (optional)

1/3 cup (35g) finely grated parmesan

½ cup (125ml) olive oil, plus extra


Place the basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. (Alternatively, place ingredients in a mortar and pound with a pestle until well combined).

With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined and a smooth paste forms. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to an airtight container and pour over a little extra oil to cover the pesto surface (this will prevent the basil from oxidising and turning black).

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