My Instagram followers will already know we are BIG pesto fans here at Clean Little Tummies Happy Mummies. I've always enjoyed pesto, but now I make my own I absolutely love pesto. And, lucky for me, so do my three clean little tummies! It is quick to make, and made even quicker by using the magi mix. But, for a good afternoon activity to engage the littlelies (and to get some good incidental exercise) how about making this recipe with a good ol' fashion pestle & mortar? (Tips below.)
I must admit, much like our simple-yet-delicious breakfast smoothies recipe, this four-ingredient recipe isn't rocket science, but because it is a staple in the Clean Little Tummies kitchen, I thought a quick post on the recipe might be helpful to readers - and prep you for what's to come!
Like any of my recipes, you can add anything to these four simple ingredients that you desire, within reason of course! I like these inspirational ideas from Brit & Co.
1 large bunch of fresh basil
30g pine nuts
75g parmesan or pecorino cheese, grated
about 100ml of olive oil
Some recipes include lemon zest, garlic, salt & pepper but we like to keep it simple and easy here.
So what do I do?
If using a food processor:
Blend the cheese and the basil together first.
Add the pine nuts and blend again.
Keep blending and then slowly add the olive oil until it reaches a consistency you & your family like.
If making by hand:
Chop the basil roughly and use a pestle to pound the leaves.
Crush the pine nuts (between greaseproof paper or in a plastic bag & bash with a rolling pin! A great toddler activity)
Add the pine nuts to the basil and pound again until it turns into a thick paste
Add the cheese and pound again. (It's a good arm workout!)
Add the olive oil a little at a time until you have a pesto you are happy with.
Store in an airtight jar; I love a kilner jar! Keep in the fridge, it will last up to two weeks in the fridge.
I've made my pesto, now what can I do with it?
Well, there will be recipes coming up on the blog soon with pesto in them so why not get a jar ready? In the meantime, mix it through some pasta, drizzle it on some mozzarella & tomatoes, add it to some salmon for a yummy topping or mix it with some cream cheese for a perfect dip for little fingers and their carrot sticks.
(And of course, don't forget to share your creations with me by tagging @cleanlittletummieshappymummies in your posts!)
Love Caroline & the Clean Little Tummies xxx