Pesto and pasta. The parents saviour. I regularly thank the gods for Mr Sacla and his little green jars. But if you ever find yourself 15 minutes before dinner time, on the night before the online shopping delivery arrives, with no pesto in sight then i'll let you in on a secret: making your own is easier than a last minute run to the shops. Honest. Ready? Lets go:
Makes enough for one small and two large appetites
- A good handful of fresh basil
- Three blocks of frozen spinach (I get mine from Sainsbury's and the blocks are perfect 1 person servings)
- 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 2tbl spoon Olive oil (though vegetable oil will do)
- 1tbl spoon tomato puree
- Chilli to taste
Stick the spinach in the microwave for 60 seconds on defrost. Tip spinach plus all other ingredients in the blender and blitz for 30 seconds. Serve on pasta.
I also love this smeared on thinly sliced toasted bread, topped with cheese and grilled. I call it bruschetta but it's really just posh cheese on toast.