You must have seen your grandparents using small ingredients like chilli and curry leaves that are grown in the backyard. The dishes that are made using ingredients straight from your backyard or garden have a heavenly taste that cannot be defined. Recently, MasterChef Depinder Chhibber shared a quick homemade pesto recipe, and it looked so delicious. The best part? She made it using basil leaves grown in her house’s backyard. Here’s the recipe!
MasterChef Depinder Chhibber Makes Pesto At Home
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MasterChef Depinder Chhibber planted a basil plant in her backyard and is now super grateful for it. As the plant is healthy and growing, Depinder thought of chopping some leaves off and preparing homemade pesto.
For those who do not know, pesto is a paste made traditionally using olive oil, smashed garlic, coarse salt, European pine nuts, basil leaves, and hard cheeses like pecorino sardo or Parmesan.
The Italian province of Liguria’s capital, Genoa, is where it all began. The meaning of the word pesto is “to ground or to crush,” which refers to the garlic and herbs in the recipe. Giovanni Battista Ratto is credited with creating what is thought to be the first modern pesto recipe in 1863. It is still present in the history of pesto, as documented in his book La Cuciniera Genovese. In Italy, pesto is quite regional.
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup pine nuts
- Lemon zest
- Lemon juice
Depinder added fresh basil leaves, salt, pepper, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, lemon juice, and lemon zest to a blender. And tadaaaaa! You have your pesto sauce ready.
But while serving it, Depinder made spaghetti with pesto sauce. To make it, all you have to do is sauté some pesto sauce in olive oil with a garlic clove. Next, add boiled spaghetti and give it a nice mix. Your spaghetti in basil pesto sauce is ready to be relished.
Depinder garnished it on a plate with some grilled cherry tomatoes straight out of the oven!
Do you have a basil plant in your backyard?
Cover Image Courtesy: @depinderchhibber/X (formerly Twitter)
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