I used to buy jars of pesto thinking that might be a fuss doing it myself. I was buying the same brand and was used to its taste, until one day when I did not find the usual so I got another one – which had a very different taste. This made me start reading the labels and, to my surprise, the content of basil in the store-bought jars is quite small, and the amount varies among the brands.
Therefore, I decided to take it a little bit further and make pesto in house – at least, this way, I am 100% sure what I put in it. It takes 5 minutes and the taste is divine. No more store-bought pesto for me.
Enjoy it with a smile! 🙂
- YIELD: approximately 250 g
- 50 g fresh basil leaves
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed (optional)
- 50 g pine nuts
- 50 g Parmesan cheese, grated
- 7 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed)
- salt and pepper
Place everything in a food processor (except the salt and pepper) and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.