Recipe adapted from:

So easy and so versatile! You can add it to just about anything.


  • 3 cups fresh basil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until it forms a smooth paste. Enjoy!


  • Butternut squash chicken mushroom pesto penne:
    • 1) make the pesto as directed above
    • 2) make the pasta as per instructions
    • 3) either used pre-made cooked chicken breast or bake some in the oven and dice it, set aside
    • 4) dice the squash and mushroom in small pieces and roast in the oven until ready
    • 5) Add all of the ingredients (squash, mushroom, chicken, pasta, penne) into a pan and mix until heated. Done!
  • Salmon Red Pepper Pesto Penne:
    1. Bake salmon in the oven until cooked, then break it into small pieces when cooled.
    2. Cook penne as per instructions.
    3. While the salmon is baking and the penne is cooking, fry some minced garlic in a pan with olive oil until fragrant, then add in sliced red peppers (capsicums). Cook until peppers are a little softened.
    4. Add in the pesto and a bit of cream to the pan and mix thoroughly. Then toss in pesto and salmon. Mix and serve.
  • You can freeze the pesto into cubes and add it to cooked pasta in a pan with diced tomatoes for a quick meal!

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