The last couple of weeks I have a craving for pesto and I don’t mean store-bought pesto. Actually I cannot imagine anyone buying pesto at the store since it is so easy to make. It’s just pine nuts, basil, garlic, oil and parmesan. Like most italian dishes there are few ingredients and it doesn’t take a lot of time to make. Lately I haven’t been using my Magimix as much so I thought: why not make pesto with it? Don’t get me wrong, I love my Magimix but when you bake and cook for one person sometimes the Magimix 3200 is a bit too big. I bought mine at Kookpunt(www.kookpunt.nl ) which is a 10 minute bike ride from my home. When I had enough money I was so excited I did not want to wait for my sister who has a car instead I clumsily biked home with my Magimix. Looking back it wasn’t too smart of me but patience is a weakness of mine. A lot of cars were honking my way as I was taking so much space on the road. Can you imagine, me on a bike balancing a machine of almost 6 kilos? 😉
But anyways, back to the pesto. I tried making the pesto with just a mortar and pestle but I found it a bit too rough for my taste. Then I tried making pesto with just the Magimix but then it was too fine/smooth. I found what works best for me is grinding the nuts and garlic with a mortar and pestle and then putting them in the Magimix with the rest of the ingredients. I like a bit of coarseness in my pesto so I prefer it this way. It isn’t the quickest way but it’s the taste that matters to me. So at lunch I eat my pesto with some Turkish bread, yum. And leftover pesto keeps well for about 3 days with a layer of oil on top. Why wait for dinner to have some yummy food?