Manor Farm Herbs
Manor Farm
Oxfordshire OX27 8DP


Pesto Sauce

  • 50g basil leaves of any type
  • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbls pine kernels
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 25g parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt to taste

Put all the ingredients except the cheese into the processor and pulse until you have a smooth mixture. Do not overblend, try and leave tiny but distinguishable leaf pieces in the final mixture. Spoon into a bowl and stir in the cheese and extra salt if required.

Pesto keeps for several days in the fridge in small containers, cover the surface with a thin layer of oil before covering tightly. It can also be frozen to use in the winter.

Parsley and wild rocket can also be used to make excellent and unusual pestos. Simply replace the basil with the herb of your choice. When using rocket leaves hazelnuts can be used instead of pinenuts.