Basil Pesto Five Ways


Once you make your own zingy pesto you won’t be going back to the shop bought varieties.

Basil is a powerhouse of a herb, it is an antioxidant and has antibacterial properties, plus it contains vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese and magnesium.

This pesto recipe is super quick and can be used in several other ways to add some oomph to your cooking. Here are a few suggestions….

Zingy Basil Pesto

Makes 1 small jar.


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 small garlic cloves, halved
  • 60g diced parmesan (to make this diary-free, replace parmesan cheese for
    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes)
  • 5 tbs olive oil


  1. Dry roast the pine nuts in a fry pan over medium high heat – keep stirring the nuts around until they get an even lightly toasted colour. Remove from the pan and set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
  2. Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic and parmesan (or nutritional yeast) in the food processor and blitz until finely chopped. With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin steady stream until well combined. If the mixture is too dry, add some more oil until the desired consistency is reached.

Time Saver Tip

  • This basil will keep in the fridge for up-to a week.

Five Ways with Basil Pesto

Here are my five top ways to use your basil pesto:

  1. Serve with carrot and celery sticks as a dip or for a mid-afternoon snack
  2. Add a tablespoon of basil pesto to your soup to really give it kick
  3. Pesto on toast is lunch made in flash
  4. Potato mash plus one or two tablespoons of pesto will turn your veggies into a hit
  5. Zing-up your tuna salad wrap with a dollop or two of pesto.

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