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pine nut pesto

Pine Nut Pesto Recipe

Cowbridge Kitchen

If you have ever thought about making pesto then here is the perfect recipe.

Although this pesto is made with pine nuts you can use Cashew nuts or any other types of nuts to make Pesto. Pine nuts are a bit expensive so try other nut that are a bit cheaper.

Pesto is widely used in Italian cuisine for, amongst other things Pasta and Pasta Verde.

Pesto is simple to make, you can pretty much just put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz it up. I like to put this pesto on top of my Pizza


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It takes about 15 minutes to make this Pesto
15 mins Prep time
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Nutritional Facts
This is based on a 1 tablespoon of pesto
16g serving

Calories: 92
Protein: 1.4g
Fat: 9.5g
Carbohydrates: 0.9g
Fiber: 0.2g
Sugar: 0.1g
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This recipe will serve 4 people Table for Two Servings
Easy : This recipe is easy to make
Anybody can have a go at this recipe
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How to Make Pesto

pine nuts, cheese and basil

Pesto, or Pesto alla Genovese, is a sauce originating in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy. It traditionally consists of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, and hard cheese such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Sardo, all blended with olive oil.

Other things often added to Pesto could be Lemon Juice and Pepper.

Pesto can be added to Pasta dough for a Pasta Verde (Green Pasta)


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ingredients

50 g Pine Nuts
50 g Parmesan Cheese
1 Clove of Garlic
Large bunch (30 -50 g ) Fresh Basil
150 ml Olive oil
Splash of Lemon juice
Salt & Pepper

Cooking Instructions

  1. Lightly toast your Pine Nuts in a hot frying pan for a few minutes until lightly browned.
  2. Grate the Parmesan cheese or chop into small pieces.
  3. Rip up the Basil.
  4. Put the Pine Nuts , Basil , Garlic , Oil & Cheese into a Food Processor and process until it becomes a smooth Pesto.
  5. Season with Salt & Pepper , then mix in a splash of lemon juice to taste.
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Other ideas:
''For a thicker Pesto try reducing the oil from 150 ml to 100ml, You can play around a bit with this one...''
''Although I have used Pine Nuts, they can be expensive. So you can you Cashew or Almonds ...''