Jamie Oliver

The best basil pesto

The Italian classic with basil, Parmesan and pine nuts

The best basil pesto

Serves 6
Cooks In5 minutes
DifficultySuper easy
Kid friendly
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    153
    8%
  • Fat
    14.4g
    21%
  • Saturates
    2.9g
    15%
  • Protein
    4.8g
    11%
  • Carbs
    0.7g
    0%
  • Sugars
    0.3g
    0%

Of an adult's reference intake

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Ingredients

  • 1 clove of garlic , peeled
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a large bunch of fresh basil , leaves picked
  • 50 g pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 g Parmesan , finely grated
  • optional:
  • 1 cooked jersey royal or new potato
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  1. Bash the garlic in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of salt. Add the basil leaves and pine nuts and pound to a coarse paste. Muddle in the extra virgin olive oil and stir in the Parmesan, adding a splash of water if you like it a little runnier, then continue bashing and pounding until smooth.
  2. Have a taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. For a lovely creamy finish, try crumbling in and stirring through a cooked Jersey Royal. Serve with grilled meat or fish, or simply stirred through pasta – delicious!

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Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    153
    8%
  • Fat
    14.4g
    21%
  • Saturates
    2.9g
    15%
  • Protein
    4.8g
    11%
  • Carbs
    0.7g
    0%
  • Sugars
    0.3g
    0%

Of an adult's reference intake


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