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|
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|
|Pasta, Pesto and Green Beans - simple, delicious|