Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Presto Pesto

Ok, back to real cooking, finally!

Monday night's dinner was roasted veg with pesto and pasta.

I started by roasting vegetables: brocolli, courgettes and red onion. I chose those because I love brocolli with pesto, and the courgettes and red onion because I had them.

Then I made the pesto, using my mum's recipe. I'm not sure entirely where she got it from, but it has been refined over the years. I also had to reduce the quantities, as I was just making it for me.

The ingredients are:
Pine Nuts
Salt & Pepper
Splash olive oil
Splash hot water

Everything gets thrown into the food processor, and quantities adjusted to taste. I used two cloves of garlic, and a pakcet of basil. I prefer to buy little plants, but they die almost immediately in my kitchen here, as it's like a sauana! I probably used about 50g of each cheese, but I have no scales, so I do it all by eye.

Ingredients in the food processor

Blended ingredients

Mix with pasta and vegetables.

This meal goes really well with a glass of red wine. Unless, of course, you are in the midst of an essay crisis, which I was. It was a very good dinner and I'm going to send it to Presto Pasta Nights, which this week is being hosted by Ben at What's Cooking.


  1. Great looking dish. essay crisis or no, I'd love a bowlful.

    Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  2. Hmm that pesto recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us this week :)

  3. Such an easy throw-together recipe. Perfect for a busy, homework-filled night.