Fresh Basil Pesto

fresh basil pesto recipe

Basil for me is the smell of summer. I absolutely adore this wonderful aromatic herb and love to grow a number of plants so I can always cut it fresh to use, it makes a remarkable difference to both the taste and smell than using pre cut stems.

Basil is mostly associated with Italian cooking where it a perfect match for sweet ripe tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella in a Caprese salad…on a simple margarita pizza or of course, in pesto. This is the type mostly used for cooking in Europe however there are over 40 varieties of the herb which are used extensively in Thai, Vietnamese and Indian dishes, all with very different flavours.

Whilst the flavour and fragrance is what we use it for, it has some pretty remarkable nutritional properties too. High in antioxidants and a defence to infection and inflammation, this herb has been used for centuries in herbal medicine.  It is packed with vitamin k, magnesium, zinc and potassium too.

As much as I adore this herb I absolutely hate shop bought pesto. I have tried all kinds and brands including from good stores in Italy and it has zero resemblance to real homemade pesto. The colour is wrong, it smells wrong and it tastes bitter and oily.  Whilst it is so tempting to buy a jar for an easy quick dinner, this recipe takes 15 minutes if you have a stick blender.

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Simply delicious stirred through pasta or risotto. It will keep well in the fridge for up to a week, so long as you pour a layer of olive oil on top of it to prevent it from oxidising. We don’t use garlic in our pesto as we just like the basil to shine through.

90g washed basil leaves (you can keep some of the smaller stalks in this but not the thicker main stalk)
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
120g parmesan cheese
1 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp very hot water

  • Place the basil leaves and oil into a 1 litre beaker and blitz with a stick blender.  Blend into a puree, adding a splash of water and little more oil if needed.
  • Add the cheese and pine nuts and blitz again until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Store in a clean jar and top with a thin layer of olive oil.

Absolute doddle 🙂

Comments

  1. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  2. What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & help other users like its helped me. Great job.

  3. Its like you learn my thoughts! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you just can do with a few p.c. to power the message home a bit, however instead of that, that is fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

  4. I love this game tо tһe core! I ԁon’t Ьelieve tһere’s ɑny
    otһer Bingo game lioke it! I juѕt can’t stοp plpaying it!
    Ι highly recommend іt and hope y’all like it as
    mucһ аs I dо. Therre are games that givе ʏou tokens and/ߋr
    coins еven for whеn уou’re running low. It tookk mе somе time to figure ᧐ut
    the rules, but if yⲟu play correctly, уoս won’t need to spend ɑ ϲent
    tߋ advance. І do soⅼely becausе I love plaaying t᧐ bee able to outdo my
    opponents ɑnd movе faster. Thank youu fⲟr tһe awesome game!
    I’m a true “Basher”!

  5. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the structure of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little
    more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or
    2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  6. Hello thealpinekitchen.com webmaster, Your posts are always well-supported by facts and figures.

  7. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering
    if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for
    quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience
    with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward
    to your new updates.

  8. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your blog.
    You have some really good posts and I believe I would be a
    good asset. If you ever want to take some of
    the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some articles for
    your blog in exchange for a link back to
    mine. Please send me an email if interested.
    Cheers!

  9. Excellent post. I used to be checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!

    Extremely helpful info specifically the closing phase 🙂 I deal with such information a lot.

    I used to be looking for this certain information for
    a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  10. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here
    on your blog.

  11. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was
    super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and
    say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to
    the whole thing. Do you have any tips for novice blog writers?
    I’d really appreciate it.

  12. You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation but
    I to find this topic to be really something that I feel I’d never understand.

    It kind of feels too complex and extremely large for me.
    I am taking a look ahead for your next post, I will attempt to get the cling of it!

  13. Hi, I do believe this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back once again since i have book-marked it.

    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  14. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for fantastic information I was looking for this
    information for my mission.

  15. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog
    that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you
    would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and
    I look forward to your new updates.

  16. Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout
    and design. Great choice of colors!

  17. Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time
    selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking
    for something unique. P.S Apologies for being
    off-topic but I had to ask!

  18. Right here is the right site for anyone who really wants
    to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with
    you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that’s been discussed for many years.
    Excellent stuff, just wonderful!

  19. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to
    tell someone!

  20. Howdy! This article could not be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me
    of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this.
    I most certainly will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a very
    good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  21. Unquestionably consider that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be
    at the internet the simplest factor to understand of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while other folks think about concerns that they just do
    not realize about. You controlled to hit the nail
    upon the highest and defined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , other
    people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more.
    Thanks

  22. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and sit up for in quest of more of your
    excellent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks

  23. Superb blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there
    that I’m totally confused .. Any recommendations?
    Appreciate it!

  24. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much,
    However I am going through issues with your RSS.
    I don’t know why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS issues?
    Anyone who knows the solution will you kindly respond?
    Thanks!!

  25. Right now it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now.

    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  26. I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the
    head. The problem is an issue that too few folks
    are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across
    this during my hunt for something relating to this.

  27. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much
    about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that,
    this is wonderful blog. A great read. I’ll definitely
    be back.

Leave a Reply