I don’t know many kitchen cupboards that don’t have a jar of shop-bought pesto loitering in the cupboards for a speedy, simple dinner idea. You can simply serve with pasta or gnocchi but I also love to add pesto to stuffed chicken, Bolognese sauces or onto a pizza for an extra punch of flavour!
I’ve been making my own green pesto for a long time now and it genuinely doesn’t even come close to anything out of a jar!! Most importantly, its so easy to make!!! All you need is a handful of ingredients and a blender. You can store it in the fridge in an airtight jar and help yourself whenever you need a quick meal or just fancy adding it to any of your favourite Italian dishes.
I love this pesto as it’s something a bit different to a conventional green pesto and really packs a punch with flavour!! Why not give it a go?
Red pepper and Cashew pesto
Makes 6-8 servings
2 garlic cloves
100g antipasti peppers
70g sun dried tomatoes
Handful of fresh basil
50-100ml rapeseed oil
50g walnuts (or just use 100g cashews)
70g grated Parmesan
Freshly ground salt and pepper
1. In a blender, add the garlic, anti pasti peppers, sun dried tomatoes and 50ml rapeseed oil. Blitz together until smooth.
2. Add the cashews and walnuts and pulse the blender several times to break up the nuts into the pesto but still leave a bit of nutty texture. Add more rapeseed oil for desired consistency.
3. Stir through the Parmesan and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Store in an airtight jar (I fill my jar with boiling water for a minute or two and then empty to ensure it is completely clean). Cover with a thin layer of oil and store in the fridge for up to two weeks!