Pesto for Dummies 1


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I’m not the best cook in the world. I need simple. This pesto recipe is super tasty and super easy.

I got the recipe from my son, who got it from his friend, Ascanio in Italy, who got it for his mum, who got it from her mum.

Pesto ingredients

Pesto ingredients

After looking at the great long list of ingredients on a jar of pesto, it was nice to see a little list of 5: basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.

Collect or buy a big handful of basil. About as much as is in this bowl.

Fresh basil

Fresh basil

Chop it up, removing the fatter stems. Chop up a couple of garlic cloves too.

Chopped basil leaves and garlic

Chop the basil leaves and garlic.

Chop up pine nuts into tiny pieces – we have a choppy thing, but a knife or a herb chopper will do.

Chopped pine nuts

Chopping pine nuts.

Put all of this into a bowl and add a little grated Parmesan. And then, as Ascanio explained, add olive oil until you think you might have added too much. Then add some more. Mix and season. Done.

Ingredients for pesto

Add olive oil to the rest of the ingredients.

Delicious with plain pasta. Can be stored for while in the fridge if you don’t eat it all in one go.

Jen

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