Napolina's pesto recipe is simple to make and is packed full of flavour for the perfect pasta accompaniment. Combining basil leaves with pine nuts and extra virgin olive oil delivers a classic and fragrant sauce to enhance any dish.
Serves 415 minutes
65ml Napolina Extra virgin olive oil
75g basil leaves, chopped
50g pine nuts
40g parmesan, grated
1 clove garlic, chopped
Coarse Salt and Black Pepper
On a low heat, toast the pine nuts gently for 2-3 minutes until golden.
Add the garlic, basil leaves, salt and pepper into a mortar and grind with a pestle. (If available, this can also be done in a food processor.)
When the basil leaves are broken down, add the toasted pine nuts and continue to grind.
Add the grated Parmesan cheese and mix well.
Slowly add the extra virgin olive oil whilst continuing to grind until you create a thick but smooth consistency.
What is Pesto? Our pesto recipe combines basil leaves, pine nuts, parmesan and extra virgin olive oil which can be used to add flavour and vibrancy to any dish or simply for the perfect pesto pasta recipe.
Is Pesto Vegetarian? Pesto is an extremely versatile sauce and can be amended to be vegetarian by simply swapping Parmesan cheese for vegetarian hard cheese.