As soon as my basil plants start to flower I prune them back to ensure it keeps producing more leaves. In doing so, I am left with an excess load of basil. So I decided to make a basil pesto following Jamie Oliver’s Recipe. This recipe is different from the usual and involves using a mortar and pestle instead of a food processor. This method does involve more time and effort but the end result is worth it.
The basic ingredients for a basil pesto involves the following:
- Pine Nuts or Almonds (toasted)
- Parmesan Chesse
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper
Adding lemon juice is optional but I always add it to my pesto as it balances out the strong flavour of Extra Virgin Olive oil. I usually just play around with the above ingredients until it reaches my desired taste.
In comparison to making pesto in a food processor the end result is much more flavoursome (afterall you are crushing all the basil by hand) and you won’t be left with a mushy basil pesto at all.
If you want to try something new, I would recommend trying this method to make your next basil pesto. Your feedback is always welcomed.