Homemade basil pesto doesn’t last very long in our home due to its versatility, dynamite flavour and the ease of which it can be thrown together. Spend two extra minutes toasting the pine kernels and lightly frying the rawness out of the chopped garlic and you will be good to go. Fresh homemade pesto is superior to anything you will buy in the store – nothing beats it. This recipe makes a small tub (approximately 175g / 6oz), or 4 servings as calculated.
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Carbs 1.2g | Fat 25g | Protein 4.4g
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Homemade Basil Pesto (Keto)
- Have all your ingredients prepped and ready.
- Take one tablespoon from the measured olive oil and add to a pan along with the pine nuts and roughly chopped garlic. Cook over a moderate heat for a minute or two until the pine nuts and garlic turn golden. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Place the basil leaves, grated Parmesan and all the remaining olive oil to a small food processor. Tip in the roasted pine nuts and garlic, as well as the oil it was fried in. Add a generous squeeze of lemon.
- Blitz until smooth, stopping halfway to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Store in the fridge for no longer than 3-4 days. There are plenty of recipes on this site that uses this pesto. Use the search bar to run a search on "pesto".
The pesto can be used immediately, or it can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. If you are a vegetarian or avoiding dairy, you can replace the Parmesan with a tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast Flakes.
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Calories 246Kcal / 1029kJ
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