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Everything is better with a little pesto. Whip up this easy, fragrant version in minutes.

Basil pesto. Photography: Jana Langhorst
Serves: 4
Fresh from the garden: Basil, garlic
Season: Summer/autumn

Aromatic, emerald pesto is great as a fresh pasta sauce or on pizzas. If you aren’t serving your pesto
immediately, keep it in sterile glass jars. A layer of olive oil on the top of the pesto will help to keep it
fresh. Alternatively, pesto keeps well in the freezer.


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What to do

  • 1.  Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.

  • 2. Dry-fry the pine nuts (or substitute as suggested in the ingredients list) in the frying pan over a medium heat until golden.

  • 3. Add the garlic to the food processor along with the toasted pine nuts.

  • 4. Process the mix until you have a rough paste.

  • 5. Pluck the basil leaves and discard the stems. Add the leaves to the bowl of the food processor.

  • 6. Place the parmesan in the bowl of the food processor. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil.

  • 7. Taste for salt and season if necessary.

  • 8. Using the spatula, scrape the pesto into the serving bowl or jars.

  • * Adult supervision required. To sterilise jars and lids, wash them in hot soapy water, then rinse them in hot water. Place in a stockpot of boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Drain jars upside down on a clean tea towel and dry them thoroughly in a 150°C oven. Remove the jars from the oven and fill while still hot.

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