BASIL AND PINE NUT PESTO

Gluten and egg free

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 50d fresh basil. I use the whole basil stalks included. If the centre stalk is quite thick I remove that but keep the rest.
  • ½ Cup pine nuts
  • ½ Cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 small clove garlic or ½ large clove, crushed
  • ¹⁄³ Cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Pinch salt and pepper

 

METHOD:

  • Heat your oven to 180°C. While it’s heating you can remove the big stalk from the basil and grate your cheese.
  • Lay the pine nuts on a baking tray, making sure they are spread out and not overlapping.
  • Place the pine nuts in the oven for 5 minutes. Take the tray out and give it a shake or toss the pine nuts around. Put them back in the oven for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly darker in colour and nice and toasted.
  • Add the basil, cheese, garlic and nuts into a food processor and blend.
  • As the food processor is going, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the hole in the top.
  • Add salt and pepper and give a quick whiz. Pesto is done when all ingredients are fine. If you like a chunky pesto, don’t blend it as much.
  • Serve as a dip, a side dish, drizzle over meat or vegetables or stir through cooked pasta or rice.

 

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