Super Garlicky Pecorino Pesto

Homemade pesto

This is super easy to whip up and makes about 1 small jar.

Feel free to mix it up a little and get creative with your flavours – perhaps add chilli, roasted pepper or walnuts! It goes well with pasta, new potatoes, or if you really want to mix it up, stir a few tablespoons with a handful of breadcrumbs, and cook a pesto crusted chicken breast. YUMMO.

To make this vegan, swap out the cheese for a mixture of vegan hard cheese and nutritional yeast.

Ingredients

  • 2 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 handful of pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 handful of pecorino or parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Method

  1. In a food processor, blitz the basil, toasted pine nuts and garlic until a rough paste has formed.
  2. Transfer mixture into a bowl, stir in the cheese and a generous glug of olive oil. Add a little more oil if it’s not quite the conistency you want. Season to taste.

Story time…

I was at mum’s house this morning for coffee-fueled catch up while I baked cupcakes for a friend’s babyshower. With the cakes baking away in the oven, we decided to nip out into the garden to explore her veg corner. The newest member of the family is her cucumber plant – I’ve honestly never seen such enormous cucumbers here in Dubai! And I have no idea how the vine manages to support the weight! Anyway, as we stood there, ooo-ing and aahhh-ing each time one of us spotted a ripe cumber, we couldn’t help but notice the forest of basil before us. We knew in an instant that pesto was the only logical answer. Basil was swiftly treated to a haircut.

Store-bought pesto doesn’t really bother me that much. I like it, but it’s definitely not something I find myself craving. I will always choose a tomato sauce over a pesto one. That being said, I have been wanting to whip up a fresh batch of my own for a while now just to see whether it had the capacity to convert into more of a pesto appreciator. And that, it did. There is just something so delicious about the homemade version. It’s got much more flavour and texture,  plus you can add more or less of the ingredients you love are don’t love as much. I’m a huge garlic fan , so seriously ramped that up. A word of warning though – this isn’t something to eat before a date. Or any social gathering to be honest. Put it this way – I made it over four hours ago and I can still taste garlic!

Cucumber
MASSIVE CUCUMBER!!
Fresh Basil
Fresh basil
pesto
Pesto
Pesto

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