This is the simplest thing you will ever make. Trust us. Once you have this little baby under your belt (and it really is so simple) not only will you never need to buy shop bought pesto again, but you’ll never have the excuse that you didn’t have the time to make anything.
Best of all, pesto is made from the absolute basic ingredients; the type that you’d usually have knocking around in your store cupboard anyway. So are you ready? Good because this is fast food at it’s best.
1/2 clove of garlic
1 pack of fresh basil
A handful of pine nuts
A good handful of freshly grated Grana Padano
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to season
Begin by throwing your pasta into boiling, salted water and pop your bread of choice in the oven. The pesto will be ready in a matter of minutes so it’s important to get the other elements cooking.
Next take your basil, give it a rough chop then throw into a food processor with 1/2 a garlic clove and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Switch to whizz and blitz until your basil is very finely chopped.
Add the pine nuts and give it another good pulse.
Turn your mixture into a bowl, add your cheese and a good glug of olive oil. Continuing adding oil until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. (It doesn’t hurt to add the cheese and oil gradually here and taste as you go). Our recipe made just enough to bind the mixture and coat the pasta lightly.
By now your pasta and bread should be ready so quickly drain your pasta (retaining some of the pasta water) and stir your pesto straight in until your pasta is evenly coated. Serve and devour!
Not only did our pasta go down a treat but our shop bought tomato and garlic bread was a warmly welcomed accompaniment.