My cousin's fiancé came over a few months ago and we made egg pasta by hand as well as sauces/accompaniments, one of them being pesto. Even after we were all stuffed he kept going for the pesto pasta because in Singapore you can only get pesto in jars and green space is limited (but like, who doesn’t like pesto?). I'm still on the last jar of pesto I made a few weeks ago, but seeing as it's the middle of summer here and my basil bushes are thriving and because he's returned, I made a jar of pesto for him.
I'll be honest, I'm not sure if this qualifies as a recipe seeing as you can condense all of the following steps to 'chuck it in the food processor and hope for the best'. You don't have to hope too much because everything that goes into pesto is delicious on its own anyway. Not pictured: me sneaking chunks of parmesan in my mouth as I was chopping into cubes.
- A bunch of basil. Feel free to leave stalks in, but I picked mine from the garden and I don't want to kill my plant.
- A good amount of Parmesan. The more the better, I say.
- A handful of pine nuts
- A glug of extra virgin olive oil
- Half a teaspoon of minced garlic (optional)
Cube your parmesan up and then blitz until it looks like rock salt.
Add the basil and blitz until it looks errr... well combined...
Oil goes in...
Add the pine nuts and blitz again⚡️.
At the end of all of this you should have something that resembles a fresher version of what you'd buy in a jar. Spoiler: much tastier 🤫.