Friday, 28 September 2007

garlic pesto recipe

My wife and I was experimenting with some pasta dishes and came up with something that we found to be simple, cheap and extremely delicious. It is a recipe that I wish to share.


a handful of pine nuts
2 tablespoon of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 satchel of tomato paste
a quantity of pasta

  1. Peel the garlic and roughly dice the garlic
  2. Put the pine nuts and the garlic into a mortar and pound it gently for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour in the olive oil into the mortar and mix well.
  4. Leave the mixture to rest for about 10 minutes for the flavour to mix.
  5. Cook the pasta until it is to your liking.
  6. Drain the pasta and put into a large steel bowl.
  7. Pour mixture into the pasta and mix well.
  8. Stir in the tomato paste and all ingredients are mixed well.
  9. Serve and eat well.
You probably guess that the ingredients' quantity is not very precise. We have cooked this dish a number of times and found that the recipe works well with a wide variation in quantity. If you pound the mixture to a fine paste, the flavour will be stronger.

It took us about 15 minutes to cook this dish, so it is perfect for something on the run.

From a cost perspective, this recipe is dirt cheap. I think that the most expensive ingredient is the pine nuts.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.

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