Basil is one of the most commonly used herbs in Italian cuisine. Italian cuisine has gained popularity due to its simplicity and focus on fresh mostly locally sourced ingredients and lotsa flavor.
Perhaps one of the most common ways that basil is used is in making pesto, which is essentially a paste with the herb, some nuts, seasonings, extra virgin olive oil and garlic.Then the pesto can be used in very many culinary ways to bring a complex flavor into things like pasta, bread, salad dressing, as a spread for bread.
Apart from the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of basil that make it very healthy, this herb also contains great amounts of vitamin K and manganese which are associated with good cardiovascular health and healthy cholesterol levels.The pine nuts traditionally used in a pesto recipe also bring a wealth of good nutrition to the table. Pine nuts are rich in omega 3 fats which are known to help the skin and also boost longevity. The nuts also keep you full by naturally supressing your appetite hence it is a great addition to any weight loss scheme. The pine nuts are also linked to great visual health by supplying the eyes with much needed nutrition.
*You may use cashew nuts which are more affordable and widely available.
Garlic, well, is like the best medicinal plant, used for several thousands of years around the world to treat all kinds of ailments; from flu, to headaches to malaria and tuberculosis. Garlic is simply one of the strongest natural medicines and in this recipe it will be consumed raw, which is even better. The herbs and seasonings will make sure the garlic does not overpower your palate.
Parmagianno reggiano is also the cheese used to flavor the pesto and is slightly healthier as it is made from unprocessed milk and no chemical additives are used in the making of authentic parm cheese
|INGREDIENT||AMOUNT||PRICE AT MBOGA MASTERS|
|Basil||2 bunches||30/- per bunch|
|Garlic||2 small cloves||25/- per piece|
|Pine/ Cashew nuts||1/3 cup||50/- per 50g packet|
|Sea Salt||A pinch||195/- per 500g Jar|
|Black pepper||A few grinds||N/A|
|Parmagiani regianno cheese
|¼ cup grated||N/A|
|Extra Virgin olive oil||2 tablespoons||N/A|
- Just put your basil, crushed garlic, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and parmagiani regianno cheese in your food processor and blitz. You can also make it with a mortar and pestle like it has been traditionally made for thousands of years.
- Store it in a glass jar and refrigerate, it can keep for a couple of days