There are certain things that can be bought pre-made for our convenience that taste wonderful and eliminate the need to make ourselves. Then there are some things that, when homemade, would beat anything that mass production could even dream of producing hands down… Pesto is the latter.
Some things are worth a little time and effort. This is a very basic and standard recipe but once you make your own you will taste the difference.
¼ clove of garlic
Pinch of sea salt
An extra-large bunch of basil
A small handful of pine nuts
Small handful of Parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
On a small dry frying pan, lightly toast the pine nuts over a medium high heat, shake them around and don’t colour them too much.
Using a food processor, place in the garlic, salt and picked leaves from the basil. Give it a good blitz until finely chopped. Add in the pine nuts and blitz again.
Scoop out the contents into a mixing bowl, add in ¾ of the grated parmesan cheese and stir it in while drizzling in the olive oil, until you have an oozy mix. Add a generous pinch of freshly crushed black pepper and taste. Adjust seasoning if need be.
Add in the rest of the Parmesan and more olive oil until you have reached the consistency you desire. Continue to taste check, this is your pesto, it should taste how you like it.