My basil plants grew like crazy while another new one started to bloom. It’s time to use the old plants for homemade pesto sauce. It’s easy. Just need: basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil and a blender / food processor.
Here is the recipe:
100g basil leaves
2 cloves of crushed garlic
30g finely grated parmesan cheese
125ml extra virgin olive oil
Pan fry the pine nuts over low heat for a couple of minutes. Let cool.
Put the basil, crushed garlic, toasted pine nuts and parmesan cheese into a food processor. Process until finely chopped.
With the motor running, add 125ml extra virgin olive oil in a slow stream. Process until all the oil has been added and the mixture is a thick and slightly runny paste.
You can serve with pasta right away or put it in a jar to sit in the fridge. I served sauté diced pork and hake fish. Sprinkle some pine nuts. Both were delicious.