Basil Pesto Pasta

Very easy to make, I learned. Honestly, I thought pesto might be the dish itself… but in fact is a sauce. Apologies for the ignorance, but I’m more of a rice girl.

We decided to make basil pesto because our pot of basil is flourishing, so we thought it’s time to harvest the leaves.


We went through several recipe sites to get an idea what goes in the pesto.

Here’s the rough ingredients list:

2 cups fresh basil leaves
pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
olive oil

*it really depends on how oily you want your pesto to be. We probably used about… 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil?


1. Put the basil, nuts, garlic and salt into a food processor or good blender since we were just making a serving for 2, use mortar and pestle instead.
2. Process (blend) until all the ingredients are finely chopped.
3. Add the oil and process until it’s all worked in together.


Pine nuts, I found out, are quite easy to find. I got this from our neighborhood grocery for 14RMB, shelled ones. So I spent about 15 minutes prying them open with a knife and removing the shells.



At first we used the blender, but it didn’t work properly. So we used the mortar and pestle instead. 


Smash them hard. 

The final product. Not a lot, but enough for two hungry photographers. 




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