In Cayman you can always find a ready supply of locally grown basil. This wonderfully fragrant herb has so many uses, from toppings on pizzas to garnishes. One of the most popular ways to prepare it, and indeed one my personal favourites is to make a pesto sauce. This delicious sauce is so easy to make and can be used a variety of ways. My favourite is tossed over homemade pasta for a deliciously quick mid-week dinner. Any type of pasta will do, but I typically opt for spaghetti as I love to twirl the pasta onto my fork mopping up as much of the sauce as I can. Of course, you can easily lay your hands on ready-made pesto and pasta, but nothing beats freshly made.
Here’s my tried and tested recipe.
Makes enough sauce to serve over 4 portions of pasta
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup pine nuts
1 cup good quality olive oil
½ a cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ lemon, juiced
Freshly ground Kosher salt and pepper to taste
In a food processer combine the basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic and pulse until finely chopped. Next, slowly add the olive oil, blending as you go. Once all incorporated add the lemon juice and the Parmesan cheese and give it a final blend. Season with the salt and pepper. Pour over homemade pasta, garnish with a few extra shavings of Parmesan, and serve immediately.