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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Basil Pesto (Keto)
- 70 g (2.5 oz) olive oil
- 30 g (1 oz) pine kernels
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
- 40 g (1.4 oz) basil leaves
- 30 g (1.1 oz) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- squeeze fresh lemon
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 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.
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Calories 246Kcal / 1029kJ
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