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Easy Basil Pesto for kids

Versatile Basil Pesto for kids to make


6 Cloves Garlic

6 Cups Fresh Basil Leaves

1/2 Cup Pine Nuts

Juice from Half a Lemon

¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Finely Grated Vegetarian Hard Cheese

Pinch of Salt

Teaspoon of Garlic Powder


Fine Grater

Pestle and Mortar


20 minutes

Basil Pesto is an amazing, versatile addition to many foods, and so easy you can make it on your own. Use the basil you have grown. The ingredients here are just a suggestion, most can be swapped with other items, the pine nuts with walnuts, add some rocket to the basil, swap lemon for lime, garlic powder for onion powder etc, have a play around to see how you like it. It can be made without the salt, olive oil or cheese if need a low sodium diet or your mum is counting the calories. You can always add the cheese at the end to yours.

1. Peel the garlic and bash in a pestle until it is squashed and juicy.

2. Add the basil leaves and pinch of salt to the pestle and grind well

3. Add the pine nuts and lemon juice and mush again until smooth

4. Add the extra virgin olive oil, the fresher the better, and the hard cheese and mix in. You can also add water if you wish it to be thinner.

5. Taste and season with salt and pepper if you wish

Our favourite way of eating pesto is stirred through pasta with some olives and onions. Black olives are the best if you have not tried them before, green olives are for the olive fans like my kids. If you are not an onion fan, you have not tried them caramelised!

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