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Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
An easy homemade versatile sauce that goes with pretty much anything.


  1. Put the basil, parmesan, garlic and pine nuts into a food processor and season well.

  2. Whiz together and with the motor still running, pour the oil in until the pesto thickens.

  3. Store in a clean jar in the fridge covered with a slick of oil to prevent it drying out.


  • 50g/2oz basil
  • 30g/1oz pine nuts, toasted
  • 30g/1oz parmesan, or similar vegetarian hard cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 85ml/3fl oz olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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