Pesto is so damn simple and gratifying. Follow the easy recipe below.
Homemade Pesto in a Pestle & Mortar
- Half a Clove of Garlic
- Handful of Pine Nuts
- Handful of Parmesan, finely grated.
- Big bunch of Basil, 400g should do
- Salt & Pepper
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice (optional)
(Invest in a good Pestle & Mortar, one made of stone or even those fancy ones made of hardened lava, I bought a cheap wood one that has a smell of its own and likes to sprinkle splinters around, it's horrible.)
Lightly toast the pinenuts, but don't brown them or the flavour will overpower, this way you get a slight nutty sweetness out of them.
Mince the Garlic with a little salt and the basil in a pestle and mortar, add olive oil as an when you need it for texture. Add the nuts and keep working it, add the parmesan and oil. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Spoon into freshly made spaghetti. Enjoy.
TIP: To make your meal a little more lush, crumble some ricotta on top of the pesto-incorporated spaghetti before serving. You'll thank me later.