Bringing the holiday to you. With fresh basil in the markets there's no excuse not to conjure up a bit of Italy in your own kitchen.
Prep time 15-20 mins
Makes approx. 350ml
100g basil (picked leaves)
100g pine nuts
150g parmesan, grated
4 garlic cloves, peeled
120ml Extra virgin olive oil
You will need a food processor
Combine pine nuts, parmesan & garlic in the food processor & process until it’s a coarse meal. Season with salt & freshly ground pepper.
Add all the basil & pulse for a few seconds, using a spatula push everything back down, then pulse again for a few seconds.
Then with the motor running slowly add all the olive oil.
Check for seasoning.
Place in a jar / jars, pour just enough oil over the top (this will help prolong its shelf life)
Lovely for a simple lunch/dinner on pasta, in a Parma ham & mozzarella panini, grilled salmon, or steak