This is a great lunch box filler for the kids!

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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Serves: 4 people

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  1. Pound the garlic with a little pinch of salt and the basil leaves in a pestle and mortar, or pulse in a food processor.
  2. Add a bit more garlic if you like, but I usually stick to ½ a clove.
  3. Add the pine nuts to the mixture and pound again.
  4. Turn out into a bowl and add half the Parmesan.
  5. Stir gently and add olive oil – you need just enough to bind the sauce and get it to an oozy consistency.
  6. Season to taste, then add most of the remaining cheese.
  7. Pour in some more oil and taste again. Keep adding a bit more cheese or oil until you are happy with the taste and consistency.
  8. You may like to add a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to give it a little twang, but it's not essential.
  9. Cook some pasta, mix in the pesto and enjoy!


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