Simple Basil Pesto


Pesto should be fresh and eaten within a couple of days. This one offers subtle flavours and is super easy to make. Also it is relatively cheap. I would recommend growing your own basil to use for this. It is very easy to grow in a well lit area inside. I use a hand held blender attached to a small food processing bowl attachment to make this. You may also wish to use a mortar and pestle, it will take a little longer.

Don’t skimp on the oil. The Virgin Olive Oil is an integral ingredient for flavour and to pull it together.

Remember pesto does not require cooking.


Fresh Basil 2 large handfuls
Pine Nuts 6 Tbsp
Garlic Clove 1 very small or 1/4 of a large
Parmeson Cheese 4 Tbsp
Virgin Olive Oil
Salt Pinch


  • Put the pine nuts under a grill, do not brown but heat to release the flavour
  • Add all ingredients to the food processing bowl except the oil
  • Process until well chopped up
  • Add Virgin Olive Oil a small amount at a time. You will want the pesto to be a very thick sauce consistency.
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