Quick Basil Pesto

If you're after healthy and delicious food, then cooking really good but simple pasta sauces will definitely stand you in good stead; it means you can transform a plain bowl of spaghetti or penne into something truly spectacular without using tons of ingredients or labouring in the kitchen for hours. This quick pesto is excellent as a garnish served on top of soups or stews, and good fried with some leftover roasted potatoes and some chilli flakes... It is also a brilliant use of some slightly wilting basil that would definitely have gone to waste otherwise.


  • Basil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Oil
  • Maldon Salt (to serve)
  • Lemon (to serve)

Wash and dry the Basil – use a whole (small) plant, or a very large handful of a bigger plant…

Peel 2 Cloves of Garlic

Together with 3 or 4 tablespoons of good Extra Virgin Olive Oil, whizz the Basil and Garlic up in a food processor (or very finely chop and then add the Oil)

Serve mixed into Pasta with a big pinch of Salt and a squeeze of Lemon… Some toasted Breadcrumbs or Nuts on top are the perfect addition

This Quick Basil Pesto will keep in the fridge for 3 or 4 days, carefully sealed in a clean jar with some extra Olive Oil on top to keep the sauce fresh

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