our basil has been growing really well; my man seeded a few trays of it in the greenhouse and has been keeping them well watered.
our youngest teen loves pesto and asked if she could make some. after many trips to the shops when we forgot to get the pine nuts we finally suceeded and she set about making some.
the ingredients you need are as follows;
basil - large bunch or more
parmesan - 50 grams
olive oil - 70 - 100mls
pine nuts - 50 grams
lemon juice - 1/2 a lemon to taste
garlic cloves - 1
salt and pepper to taste
There are many recipes online for pesto. my girl and her dad followed one in our food processor book (as above, but altered the quantities to suit as it was too oily using 100mls). They also added more than one bunch of basil and a little lemon juice which was not in the original recipe.
Process wise it's super easy; wash and pat dry the basil leaves,. Peel and crush the garlic. Some recipes suggest toasting the pine nuts but they didn't bother. Basically put everything in a food processor and blitz. I would suggest adding the oil slowly to judge the consistency and adding the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Some of the pesto was put in a tub to take on our camping trip and the rest was put into ice cube trays and frozen for later.
i have just enjoyed spaghetti and some defrosted pesto for supper : )