How to make pesto

This Italian no-cook sauce contains garlic, Parmesan, olive oil and lots of fresh basil – whip up a batch ahead and you'll have a quick meal to hand.

Points to remember

  • Heat a frying pan over a low heat. Cook the pine nuts until golden, shaking occasionally.
  • Put the pine nuts into a food processor with garlic, Parmesan, basil and olive oil. Process until smooth or pulse for a chunkier consistency. Season to taste.
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HOW TO MAKE PESTO

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.

HOW TO MAKE PESTO

If you’re making a small quantity, you can use a hand blender to combine the ingredients.