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Please share your pesto recipes

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sharond101 Sat 06-Apr-13 22:35:24

I love pasta and pesto, particularly the red variety. I usually buy Aldi specially selected pesto rosso but many people on here say it's tastier homemade. Please share your recipes.

throwinshapes Sat 06-Apr-13 22:42:12

Dead dead easy.
2 large handfuls basil leaves
I small h'full pine nuts (toasted in a dry frying pan for a minute or two)
Half to one clove garlic.
Blitz in a blender.
Scrape out into bowl
Add one handful hard mature cheese (i don't use Parmesan as I'm veggie)
Add ev olive oil.
(Salt and pepper to taste)
Sooo much better than shop bought wink

throwinshapes Sat 06-Apr-13 22:43:16

Oo dunno about red variety, mind.
<lurks with interest>

fiftyodd Sat 06-Apr-13 23:41:31

If you happen to have wild garlic growing near you, make it with that. It freezes well and you'll find recipes by searching for 'wild garlic pesto' (I think the one I used was from River Cottage).

Do taste it as you go as it will need adjusting.

AnimatedDad Sun 07-Apr-13 07:24:00

I once made it with stinging nettles. (Blanched first to get rid of stings)

It's ok (not as good as basil but better than coriander IMO ) - and it's free!

mrsvilliers Sun 07-Apr-13 20:26:53

I put spinach in mine, recipe is on my blog if you're interested http://www.toddler-recipes.co.uk/sneaky-spinach-pesto.html

Homemade really is much tastier than shop bought, I've never tried making a red version though, watching with interest!

sharond101 Sun 07-Apr-13 22:18:35

Spinach sounds good.

joiemecconue Sun 07-Apr-13 22:21:59

in blender: sundried tomatoes, garlic, cheese (pecorino or parmesan), olive oil, crushed red chillies, pine nuts, 1 or 2 fresh basil leaves

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