Recipe: Italian Pesto Sauce

Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 10:58 AM IST

This traditional italian sauce can be used with pasta and other baked items. It can also be used as a dip.


25g fresh basil leaves
2 juicy garlic cloves
25g pine nuts
150ml extra-virgin olive oil
50g Parmesan cheese, grated finely (optional)


Place the basil leaves, nuts, garlic and extra virgin olive oil into a food processor or blender and blend to a paste. Season with salt and pepper should you wish, then transfer to a bowl.

Next stir in the Parmesan cheese and cover with cling film until required.

Tip: Why not try cooking your favourite pasta, then adding a couple of tablespoons of pesto to it and serve whilst hot, it’s delicious!