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Basil Pesto

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Basil Pesto

  • 2 cups Basil, washed
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 level tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar, optional. ( I put Natvia)
  • Salt & Pepper optional
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Crush garlic and pine nuts for a few seconds.

    Add basil, cheese and lemon juice. Whizz a few seconds. While processing add oil slowly. Then add sugar, salt and pepper if desired.

    This will keep in the fridge for a week. Or freeze in ice cube trays and thaw as needed.












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  • Makes me wonder how this recipe gets its 4,3/4...

    Submitted by Jennyfrancois on 20. February 2017 - 08:40.

    Makes me wonder how this recipe gets its 4,3/4 star rating when half the comments (2) were negative, and rightly so!

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  • Very tasty. i left out the

    Submitted by CheleN on 15. October 2016 - 21:54.

    Very tasty. i left out the lemon juice. thanks for sharing 

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  • This recipe needs to be

    Submitted by matoos55 on 5. May 2015 - 13:35.

    This recipe needs to be refined and more detailed. There is a fine line between 3sec and 5 secs of 'whizzing' otherwise it can turn to mush. 

    I wanted an easy recipe to follow for a basic pesto and this was terrible.

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  • I have only had a thermomix

    Submitted by barbtassium on 21. June 2014 - 15:52.

    I have only had a thermomix for 4 months but have been an ethusiastic (and successful, my friends tell me)  " amatuer chef" for decades.

    This would have to be the WORST thermomix recipe I have yet hit.

    i am currently at the stage of adjusting new recipes and old favourites to work wth my "thermi" and this looks just like a badly modified version of a conventional recipe with little, if any, thought as to how to simplify the process

    eg Why grate the chese in advance?

    Just as well I am not   a beginner (although the recipe is supposed to be suitable for same)  or I would have NO IDEA at what speed to "whizz""

    or how to "crush" the garlic and pine nuts - in the thermomix ????? -  what speed? 

    etc etc

     The taste is actually GREAT - if you like things tart - if not, you may need to reduce the large amount of lemon juice suggested.

    If you are adding that much lemon juice then reduce the olive oil significantly otherwise it is too runny

    You'll get a better taste with toasting the pine nuts (in the thermomix) first - then allow to cool. add the cheese to grate and garlic to chop (simultaneously chop the pine nuts) and then the  lemon juice and finally basil slowly at low speed to ocmbine so that when you increase the speed to blend (less time if you like a rougher texture) so you don't need to keep scraping the jug to keep blending - and then REDUCE speed to add oil - don't forget to use the reverse action if you want to preserve that rougher texture, and for "beginners" rememeber to pour the oil onto the lid of the jug with the measuring cup in place so it slowly drips into the mixture below

    Hope the above details help others



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  • This is a very yummy pesto, I

    Submitted by Mrsbmc on 26. November 2013 - 15:56.

    This is a very yummy pesto, I love the taste of the Lemon juice in this, I dont like pine nuts much so I used walnuts  Love

    Thank you for posting this receipe !!

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