24 Oct 2012

Easy Meal - Pesto

I love pesto and used to buy it in jars until I realised how easy it is to make. I followed a recipe from the River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook which I wrote about here.

What you'll need:

50g pine nuts
50g bunch of basil
1 garlic clove (chopped)
35g finely grated parmesan (we use grana padano)
80ml extra virgin olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice

The first thing you need to do is gently toast the pine nuts (on a baking tray in oven set at 180c) for five or ten minutes - they burn quickly so  keep checking them.
Then put the nuts, basil, garlic and cheese into a food processor and whizz it up until it resembles a paste. The nuts can be left chunkier for a slightly different taste.

Then slowly add the oil until you feel it is a thick purée, I don't tend to put in as much as they recommend in the book so have a little taste as you go along. I then squeeze a couple of lemon slices into the mix and black pepper to taste.
It can be kept in the fridge covered for a few days and I add it to pasta (that I've made myself) or have it on ryvitta with smoked salmon. The best bit for me is that Bubba loves it and I know it's not as processed or salty as the shop versions and so easy and quick to make.

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