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Basil Pesto

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I bought delicious pesto at the Cheese Festival yesterday and decided I could definitely make a competitive one!

Home-made basil pesto is so much better than store-bought. If you have a basil plant growing in your garden, it’s so worth making your own. Make a big batch in the blender and freeze small quantities.

Basil pesto

  • 150g fresh basil leaves, stalks included
  • 50g grated Parmesan
  • 30g toasted pine nuts or almonds
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 100ml olive oil (or enough to make a paste)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend. Make sure you don’t over-blend and form a purée. Add a little hot water if the paste is too thick. Season to taste  and serve.