Homemade pesto

pesto1Yum! That photo, right? Pesto should always look, and taste (but you don’t know yet!) like that! It is incredible! I don’t want to buy pesto in the supermarket ever again. I know that it is less expensive and less effort to just buy it, but no no no. Listen to me: It. is. worth. it. If you make this pesto ahead (you can keep it in the fridge for quite a time), you can always work with fresh, exploding in flavour and just delicious homemade pesto.

I think that you have already started with gathering the ingredients? Good! I can tell you that this is the best pesto ever. And you should try it out at home! I have tried several recipes for pesto over the last few years. Each time with a small difference in it. Now I have found the perfect recipe for regular basil and pine nut pesto.

This pesto is full of flavour. Unbelievable! It has so much basil leaves in it. Together with quite a lot pine nuts,  some parmesan cheese but NOT MUCH olive oil it comes to a perfect consitence. It’s a good thing, not much olive oil! No heavy and oily spread. It’s all about the pesto itself. And it is allright if it is a bit crumbly. Even better if you aks me! You will be able to taste the basil, the pine nuts, the parmesan, the garlic, the hint of olive oil and the splash of lemon juice. Perfect.

Homemade basil and pine nut pesto
yield: 4 servings

2 tbs good quality olive oil
½ clove garlic
3 handfuls fresh basil
1 handful pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 handful parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/2 lemon, the juice
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

I make this pesto in a food processor, but you can always make this by hand! Make sure you chop the ingredients well. It will be just as delicious!
Put the garlic and basil leaves in the food processor and pulse. Add the pine nuts and pulse again until it comes together. Turn this mixture out into a bowl and add the parmesan. Stir with a spoon until it comes together. It will be crumbly by now. Now add some freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of sea salt (not to much! The parmesan is already quite salty.). Now first add 1 tbs olive oil. Take a look at the consistence. Is it already like you want to have it? If so, add the juice of your lemon, give it a last stir and your pesto is done! If not, add some more olive oil and then proceed. You can serve your pesto with some extra pine nuts and basil leaves.