I have an addiction to pestos plain and simple – sundried tomato, Basil and in this case rocket. For me the pesto is the classic pasta sauce. Don’t get me wrong I dig Bolognese and Carbonara as much as the next man but they are omnipresent – a good pesto can be hard to track down…….so make yoru own I say!
Pesto is predominantly olive oil so it can keep for quite some time but what gives this pesto it’s true punch is the pine nuts and the Parmigiano cheese. Traditionally a pesto is Basil based but a pesto is just anything created in a mortar and pestle so I’ve gone with the classic cousin to the Basil which is the peppery Rocket Pesto.
Enough for a small kilner jar full
50grams fresh rocket
40 grams pine nuts
40 grams fresh parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic
Salt flakes and cracked black pepper to season]
Squeeze of lemon juice
120 mls extra virgin olive oil
This doesn’t get any easier – pop everything into a food processor and wazz together until you get the consistency you want. I like it quite smooth but just go with what you feel. Also, you can lightly toast the pine nuts on a dry frying pan to release more of teh pine flavour – personally I don’t I have more of a bent towards the Parmesan!!
Top serve simply cook off your favourite pasta, drain then add a couple of tablespoons of your pesto and combine well and that’s it!
Your pesto will keep for a couepl of weeks just make sure you keep it in a well sealed jar and topped up with oil to stap teh air getting to it.