Basil and pine nut pesto

    10 min

    Homemade pesto is really easy and very quick! Capture the freshest flavours for the best final results in cooking.

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    Makes: 1 (300g) batch

    • 60ml olive oil
    • 120ml warm water
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 150g basil leaves, roughly chopped
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 35g pine nuts
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Combine the olive oil and water in a bowl, mix and set aside.
    2. Place garlic, basil and Parmesan cheese into a food processor, add half the oil-and-water mixture and pulse until smooth.
    3. Add the pine nuts and pulse until well mixed then gradually add the remaining oil and water mix, season to taste. Use or store the pesto.


    To store pesto for up to a month in the fridge, place in a sealed glass jar with a 5mm olive oil head. By adding the olive oil head, you are preventing air getting to the pesto, hence helping it to keep longer.

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