Pesto sauce

Pesto sauce

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Makes 250ml

Make your own delicious pesto sauce in just 15 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal105
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs0g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 50g pine nuts
  • large bunch of basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 150ml olive oil, plus extra for storing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic cloves


  1. Heat a small frying pan over a low heat. Cook the pine nuts until golden, shaking occasionally. Put into a food processor with the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, then season.

  2. Pour the pesto into a jar and cover with a little extra oil, then seal and store in the fridge. It will keep in a fridge for up to two weeks.

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28th Aug, 2011
Make this regularly now, grow my own basil to use. Never buy a jar again once you have made fresh pesto.
16th Jul, 2011
easy, quick and delicious
12th Jul, 2011
Make this in a pestle and mortar. The texture is so much better, and it is so satisfying to eat!
13th Jun, 2011
I'm doing a variation of this one all the time with plain 75% fat cheese as the parmesan is too costly to spend it like that. Works both with green and purple basil and i do not cook pine nuts, they are fine as it is.
11th Nov, 2010
I also added some cilantro (fresh coriander) to lighten the very powerful taste of the basil
25th Sep, 2010
I used the leaves picked from a fresh basil plant bought from the supermarket. I think 'a large bunch' would be more like the entire leaves from two basil plants as I thought it was a bit weak in flavour using the leaves from just one plant. Maybe half the rest of the ingredients and use just one basil plant. Still, I think this is a really great and easy pesto recipe.
27th Aug, 2010
yummy :-) im a pesto fan and i like having sneaky pesto sandwiches
17th Jul, 2010
How many ml's is a serving size?
4th Jul, 2010
Made with 70g of cashew nuts as that was the pack size I had. Very good, quick and easy, delicious. Will make again.
14th Sep, 2009
It was Super easy and really delicious!


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