Hey Pesto…


When I discovered Basil Pesto many moons ago, it literally changed my life.  How can something that generally looks slightly questionable be so absolutely delicious?

I started my veggie garden last winter, and a few months ago I planted some veggies and herbs in prep for the summer.  Thanks to the loads of rain we have been having in the Highveld and the fact that my veggie patch is in full sun all day, my basil plants have grown wild!  I picked two bags full of basil on the weekend and decided to get making my old favourite of Basil Pesto.

The recipe I follow is:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2cup – 1 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nutes
  • 2 gloves of garlic – crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste

You throw that all into your blender and voila – there you have it!

We had it on some pasta last night, but it is a great dish for snacks with parma ham and cheeses, or even great on chicken schnitzels or beef steaks!

Happy eating