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In our house we love pasta dishes and we love pesto but it wasn’t until recently that I realised just how easy it was to make pesto. (Unfortunately my experiences of making pasta have not been very successful so far, but I will keep trying.)

Here are a couple of our favourite pesto recipes.

Tarragon Pesto


  • 75g pan toasted pine nuts
  • 75g freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 tbs chopped tarragon
  • grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 unwaxed lemon.
  • I garlic clove
  • 5tbs olive oil


  • put all ingredients into a blender and puree until fairly smooth. We like a little ‘bite’ but if you like yours really smooth you can puree it more.
  • OR
  • put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a hand blender until you get required consistency.

Red Pepper and Walnut Pesto

Just to prove that pine nuts aren’t the only type of nut that can make a fine pesto


  • 2 red peppers
  • 55g walnut pieces, toasted
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley
  • 4-5 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • put red peppers under a preheated grill until the skin has blackened on all sides. Put in a plastic food bag for 10 mins, then slip off the skins (or you can buy them already chargrilled.
  • put all ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth.

See, I told you it was easy!