Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Getting Into The Herb

No, this is not about the type of herb the title might lead you to think, its about basil!

My summer herbs and veggies are on the way out and so I've harvested the last of the basil before it goes woody and dry. I'm going to make pesto and freeze the bulk of it so I can enjoy it all year round.

My basil, starting to look a bit worse for wear because it's at the end of the season. Not to worry, it will look awesome soon once I put it through the food processor!

All you need is these 5 ingredients to make the best tasting pesto you'll ever eat. Much nicer than the stuff in the jars from the supermarket and great on your hip pocket too.

Check out that pesto goodness! Spoon the pesto into ice cube trays.

When frozen, transfer the cubes to a container and when you want some pesto, take a cube out as needed. Viola!

The recipe for your own pesto:

2 cups of fresh basil
1/3 Cup of toasted pine nuts
1/3 cup of olive oil
5-6 small cloves of garlic
1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. If it seems too runny, add some extra parmesan cheese.

I love creamy pasta with basil but you can use pesto with some many things. On bread, crackers, in a tomato based pasta sauce, the choices are endless.


  1. I had no idea you could freeze pesto! Learnt something new, as always. :) Adam makes pesto from scratch but he hasn't done it in a while. We left last year's basil plants to go to seed - we actually should harvest those because it's planting time now!

    1. Hey Shan, like anything that's frozen, it's never quite as nice defrosted as what it would have been fresh but then we can't always have fresh basil on hand in the garden can we! It's still pretty good though despite having being in the freezer.

      I can't wait to meet Adam, he seems like a lovely guy. Roge wouldn't know how to use the food processor, let alone make pesto, that's pretty impressive of Adam :)

    2. Adam likes to cook - and yeah, I take credit, because he didn't know anything much about cooking when I met him! He's actually really good at improvising.