If you like pesto and have been buying it in supermarkets, stop now. There isn't a single ready-made jar on the market, no matter how well-known the brand or premium the range that can even come close to the flavour of one you freshly blitzed yourself. I swear to you I am not exaggerating; my pesto-lover friend Daniel has never looked back after trying this recipe, and even makes his own reddish-brown version with sundried tomatoes.
Chuck it all into a blender/food processor and press "on". That's all it takes.
Blitz to a smooth puree:
50g (2oz) fresh basil leaves
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Dash of salt
25g (1oz) Pecorino Romano cheese, grated (substitute with Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) or Grana Padano if unavailable)
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Delicious stirred into pasta, roasted with chicken, grilled on bread with melted cheese for amazing toasties, tossed with salad and olive oil as a herby dressing...