The mix of flavours bursting with every bite from the earthiness of basil, nutty flavour of pine nuts, and the vintage appeal of parmegiano. And who can miss the kick of garlic! Such simple ingredients to make this most satisfying sauce.
Another great thing about pesto is that it can be stored so easily and used in numerous ways.
Of course the most traditional (and my favourite) is with pasta.
You can also use it with chicken, fish, potatoes, stuffings....the options are endless.
I've made pesto a few times and this has to be my best yet.
1 large handful of fresh basil leaves
1 cup parmigiano reggiano (freshly grated)
1/2 cup pine nuts (lightly toasted)
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Mix all ingredients together all at once, slowly adding the olive oil in last (mix in less or more as you can choose the consistency you prefer)
I usually mix my pesto up in a food processor but if you have a pestle and mortar go for it! :)
Yummm! Enjoy, however you decide to serve it up!