Fresh Basil Pesto

I love basil pesto pasta!  You can buy ready-made pesto from the supermarket, but I would recommend making it at home.  It is REALLY quick and easy to make,  tastes incredible and is preservative free.   Here is a step-by-step guide to perfect pesto for pasta or bruschetta.

I used basil and garlic from Eades of Bath and pinenuts from our local waste-free shop.

  • 2 generous handfuls of fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 10g pine nuts
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 50g parmesan cheese
  • take the basil leaves off the stems and rinse
  • remove the skin from the two garlic cloves and roughly chop
  • finely grate the parmesan cheese


  • in a food processer add the basils, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic cloves and olive oil


  • blend until the basil leaves have broken down and everything has combined.  If your pesto looks a little dry, add a splash move olive oil or a little warm water
  • enjoy with fresh pasta or make delicious bruschetta (recipe coming soon)