Sunday, 16 October 2011

Pesto for a Saturday

The other half and I were going to go out for dinner last night, after a lovely day walking around Tynemouth market + the sea front and not being able to get fish and chips because of an hour long queue. We were going to go out for dinner, and then we sat down on the sofa, time passed and before we knew it, I just couldn't be bothered.

One of our favourite quick fix meals, and for many people I imagine, is good old pasta and pesto. It feels very comforting, so simple and I have to say I am a fan of the stuff in jars. Jarred sauces are normally the lowest denominator, home made is always superior, but the jar stuff is never that bad, making it perfect for when you can't be bothered. This time however I felt like doing it properly so set about making a quick pesto sauce, but thought making the pasta was perhaps a little too ambitious on a saturday night

Basil, Parmesan, Garlic, Pine Nuts
If you have the ingredients in, then you could make beautiful home made pesto in the time it would take to pop down to your local shop to buy a jar.

For this recipe which made enough for a meal for four, you need
- 25g fresh basil
- 25g of pine notes
- 25g of Parmesan
- A clove of Garlic
- A good glug of Olive Oil
- A lump of butter
- Salt & Pepper

I am not one for writing out recipes properly, but I thought on this occasion, for such an easy recipe I would make the effort. The basil, parmesan and garlic should first be blended into a paste, the pine nuts, olive oil and butter should then be added, then season with the salt and pepper. The clever tip I read was to leave it to stand before seasoning as the flavours alter slightly as it settles. good tip.

This *is* a very stress free recipe, but some how the other half and I managed to have a domestic half way through. We wondered if it comes to that when making pesto, what on earth is going to happen when we attempt to butcher the rabbit we have in the fridge? There's even sharp knives involved then.

Domestics aside, our pesto turned out this very vibrant green colour.

Home made traditional Pesto
With a sauce this full of flavour, we didn't really feel the need to add lots of ingredients to it, so we served it simply with spaghetti and green beans. All made, including the domestic, in less than 25 minutes, allowing us to sink back into the sofa for the rest of the evening.

Pasta, Pesto and Green Beans - simple, delicious

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