Pesto might be traditionally made with pine nuts, but you can use any nut you choose. It’s a great way to introduce nuts to your kids.
Makes: 1 cup
1½ cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
½ cup parmesan, grated
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1. Put basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, salt and two thirds of the olive oil in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Stop machine one or twice and scrape down the sides with a spatula.
3. Spoon pesto into a 250ml capacity jar. Press pesto down with the back of a spoon to ensure there isn’t any air pockets. Seal with the remaining olive oil (and more if you need).
4. Store in the fridge.
J+L Lifestyle Tip: Switch the pine nuts for cashews, walnuts or almonds for a tasty twist.