Homemade basil pesto

A jar of green pesto, crackers and tomatoes on wooden board.
Basil tends to be found in most kiwi gardens, as it's easy to grow. Plant basil as part of your vege patch or have a pot of it not too far from the kitchen. Basil is very versatile, great for general health and making your own pesto will leave you with a superb sense of pride!

Course Appetiser, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 1 jar



  • Place the garlic, parmesan, and pine nuts in your kitchen whizz and blend to a grunty paste (not too fine).
  • Add the basil leaves and olive oil.
  • Blend until you reach a desired paste. Season and use as required.


This will keep for about 3 weeks in the fridge. Or freeze it and enjoy the summery taste of perfect pesto over the cooler wintry months.
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Keyword dairy free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian
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