Food and cooking, Lifestyle

Fresh green pesto (salsa verde)

I love home made pesto.

Ever since I made it the first time at home, I never purchased the store-ready stuff in a jar again.

It is good for so many reasons,

  • It tastes amazing – the flavours are so much more bright and intense when made fresh
  • It is healthy and there are no preservatives
  • It makes me feel like a good parent for prepping fresh
  • It is soooo EASY!!

I try to make each batch as I need it, but if I make too much, it keeps in the fridge for ages, and you can freeze it in batches (think little sterile jars – I use my bottle steam steriliser, or snap lock bags in the freezer).

 

INGREDIENTS

(These seriously change every time I make it – so don’t get hung up on quantities.  Taste it, then decide what to add)

1 bunch of basil – roughly chopped

~Half bunch coriander (cilantro) – roughly chopped (if you hate coriander, just use basil or try mint, parsley or whatever)

1 clove of garlic – sliced  (you can add more if you love garlic)

Handful or two of freshly grated parmesan (or the pre-shredded stuff from the shops if you are time poor)

Pinch or two of salt flakes

Freshly ground black pepper

Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

Olive oil

1 packet (80g) toasted pine nuts (I microwave mine 1 min at a time and toss between goes to get it right so I don’t burn them)

 

METHOD

  1. Stick basil, coriander, garlic, parmesan and pine nuts in the food processor and turn on
  2. Gradually add olive oil as you process, till it reaches a pasty, thick consistency
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste

That’s it.

Use it as a dip, use in in pasta, on meat, in a salad, or on toasted Turkish bread.  A million uses.

 

Until next time, happy cooking!!

 

xx Dr Megs

 

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