Tonight I made one of the simplest pasta sauces going and it tasted wonderful.
I grabbed a big bunch of Basil from the garden as it is starting to go to seed. I picked off all of the leaves, washed and dried them in the salad spinner.
There was about 4 cup fulls of leaves, and I put all of it into the food processor with 4 cloves of chopped garlic and 4 tablespoons of pine nuts that we had in stockpile. I chopped it up until roughly cut, then added a cup of extra virgin olive oil and processed it till smooth.
I grated half a cup of my Pyrenees with green peppercorn cheese and gave it a quick pulse till mixed through. Then pepper and sea salt to taste and hey presto, we have pesto. It was a taste sensation!
I cooked some fettuccine, served into bowls, then put about 3 tablespoons of pesto on top and sprinkled a little more of my home made grated cheese. We then stirred it through in the bowl and each ate it up with gusto. Kim, Ben and I finished off the pasta in no time flat, and both of them complemented me on a fantastic meal.
I didn't realise that pesto was so easy to make, and that it has so much flavour when you make it yourself! I highly recommend it if you have lots of basil growing in the garden. I still have three more bushes growing, and I know that all I have to do is blend them and put it in the freezer until it is needed for another great pasta meal.