Marco’s perfect Pesto

Marco’s perfect Pesto


Singing chef Marco's Perfect PestoWhen you are looking for fast food there is very little quicker than pesto.

A long time favorite in our house this classic has many variations.

What you need


150ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
75g pine nuts, walnuts or peanuts
3 garlic cloves, halved
150g basil leaves
150g freshly grated Parmesan or other Italian hard cheese

A traditional recipe will call for pine nuts but these can be difficult to find and expensive!

I often substitute walnuts or even dry roasted peanuts. Most important for me is a good quality olive oil and fresh basil leaves.

You can buy basil plants in many supermarkets and I normally use the whole pot plant. Basil like rocket will grow well in your garden, sometimes too well. If you don’t have a food blender, a hand blender will also work or you can try the authentic mortar and pestle but that will take a lot longer.

  1. Wash the basil leaves.
  2. Put basil, olive oil, nuts, cheese and garlic in blender
  3. Blend to a smooth paste – don’t over do it!
  4. Serve with your favorite pasta and fresh baked garlic bread or try on a baked potato.


Marco xx

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