Home-made pesto is absolutely fantastic. My children always ask for it, and like helping me prepare it. It's simple and quick to make, a healthy sort of fast food. A key to success is to use good products, only healthy basil leaves, good oil and cheese. In Italy it's commonly prepared with mortar and pestle, but you can easily whisk it together in a food processor.
- 2 cups packed basil
- 3 -4 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese or similar
- 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
- a little salt
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, as an alternative use walnuts
- Wash and dry the basil leaves. Take away the stalks and flowerbuds. Only healthy leaves should be used.
- Mix the garlic, nuts, cheese and some of the oil in the food-processor. It should be smooth. Sometimes it is better to use minced garlic, it mixes better.
- Add the basil leaves, a bunch at the time. If the mixture seems dry- add more olive oil.
- Taste the mixture before adding any extra salt. The cheese is quite salty and you don't want to overdo it.
What do you think of pesto?
Experiment with different cheeses. A little bit of parmesan, some grana, maybe a touch of peccorino. The result will be different and amazing.
Why not try making it the traditional way?