Pesto Recipe

There are all sorts of variations on this traditional basil pesto (pesto alla Genovese) and you can substitute rocket, spinach or even wild garlic leaves for the basil.

Fresh pesto tastes the best but if you have made too much (or you are trying to use up a glut of herbs) it will keep for a week or so in the fridge in an airtight container – you may want to pour a little extra olive oil over the top to help preserve the flavours.

You can also freeze pesto where it will keep for around six months. A simple way to do this is to put the pesto into an icing bag and pipe it into ice cube trays – that way you can always thaw the perfect amount.

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