Pesto can compliment so many dishes and it’s really easy to make. Just throw the ingredients together and blend!

The rainy weather didn’t seem to put many people off bonfire night last night so I spent the evening curled up on the sofa, watching fireworks through a rain splattered window. Sitting inside in the warm, with a glass of mulled wine and my roasted chestnuts. Totally. Perfect. Evening.

oil being poured into a bowl with other ingredients

The boys missed most of the firework action and went to bed before most of them began. Bam Bam complained that the fireworks were too loud and he didn’t like them, 5 minutes later he was begging to see more. I suspected the sudden eagerness (as bedtime loomed) was a clever way to delay the inevitable sleep that was soon to follow.

Since becoming more eloquent, his reasons for avoiding bedtime have grown. If all bedtime dodging fails, he will break out his secret weapon, by telling me how much he loves me and needs a cuddle. I am completely powerless against that and he knows it! It works every time!

basil pesto in a bowl and a jar

I made this pesto earlier in the week and after a long few days of cooking. Pesto always comes in handy when you want to enhance a quick meal. What makes it so great is the list of possibilities for pesto uses are endless…. Just like Bam Bam’s bedtime escape list!

Made with fresh basil and toasted pine nuts, making your own pesto really couldn’t be more simple. You just blend everything together and voila! You have a super delicious Italian Pesto that can be used for so many different things.

An Easy, Quick Recipe Using Pesto

A super simple recipe for Pesto is just to stir it into warm cooked pasta and top with Parmesan. The flavours are amazing and it’s a super quick meal that goes down really well with kids. You can even add green beans and peas to make it super healthy too.

Storing Fresh Pesto

You’ll notice that Fresh Pesto has a slightly different smell to Shop Bought Pesto. That’s because everything is fresh and the basil is yet to be cooked and has not gone through any processing to make it last. However, be aware that it does have a limited shelf life and since it is so quick to make, I would always recommend using it when you make it.

If you prefer to make it ahead, you can store Fresh Pesto in a sterilised jar in the fridge, it will keep for 3 days. Alternatively, you can freeze it for up to 6 months, be sure to freeze it immediately.

bail pesto in a white bowl


Course dip, Side Dish


  • 50 g Fresh Basil
  • 30 g Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 50 g Grana Pandano
  • 30 g Pecorino Romano
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 150 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic


  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Place into sterilised jars and store in the fridge.
Keyword basil, dip, pasta, pesto, pine nuts, pizza, sauce

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