Happiness can come in the form of many ways. Last weekend happiness came to me in the form of making homemade pesto. It was my first time at making homemade pesto and I was so thrilled with the outcome that I’ll probably never buy ready made pasta again, unless it’s homemade from the someplace such as this Italian shop that makes fresh pasta in my neighbourhood. I nearly felt like I had been missing out on something all of my life, homemade pesto: where were you?
However, as you can see I’ve discovered the joys of making – and eating! – homemade pesto. I had wanted to make my own pesto for a long time, then (and this is beginning to be a frequent becoming) a few weeks ago Johnny from Feed the Piglet made pesto and was more than delighted with it. Check it out here and he then made some more here. So we could say he motivated me to get on with it and make it.
Eh, the fact that I have all these basil plants growing in my patio calling out to be eaten was my other motivation.
I have two types of basil plants. One has bigger leaves than the other. The one with the bigger leaves is specially for pesto I was told in the plant shop. I can’t really say which each type is called, as in which species. Considering that I had to study botanics at university, thats not very good, is it?
Basil leaves – 1 plateful
Pine nuts – 2 1/2 handfuls
Walnuts – 1 handful
2 cloves garlic – peeled
Parmesan cheese – about a 5cm piece, cut into chunks
Black pepper – freshly ground
Olive oil – 1/3 cup
Very simply put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend. Boil the pasta and drain when it’s al dente. Mix the pesto with the pasta.
I served it with some chicken. It was so delicious that tonight we have a friend coming over for dinner and I plan to make some more pesto.
Have a wonderful weekend!