Pesto is something I make often and I have made many different flavour variations over the years. Whichever the version, it’s a very versatile dish and certainly more than just a pasta sauce. This Thermomix Pesto is no exception.
What is Pesto?
Originating in Italy, Pesto is traditionally a green sauce made by crushing ingredients together with a mortar and pestle.
Lucky for us, thermal cookers make light work of this traditionally fairly labour intense process. Instead, blitzing it down to a great consistency in just a few seconds.
The traditional mix of ingredients is basil, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and salt.
Not one to stick to traditions, the ingredients in this Basil Pesto is my family’s favourite combo. It uses (clockwise from top left):
Apple cider vinegar
It’s so easy!
Basil Pesto is simple to make, with just three steps.
1. Toast pepitas and sunflower seeds until nice and golden.
2. Blitz Parmesan and garlic in thermie.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blitz!
Ways to use Thermomix Basil Pesto
As I mentioned, Basil Pesto is a very versatile sauce with many possible uses. Here are some of my favourite ways to use it:
Stir through pasta sauce – It’s good to thin Pesto out with a little of the pasta cooking water to make it easier to coat all the pasta.
Dip – Perfect for dipping veggie sticks and crackers! You can either use it as is, or combine with some cream cheese.
Pizza sauce – We love this Thermomix Pesto spread on a pizza base and topped with mushrooms and mozzarella, or strips of zucchini dotted with blue cheese.
Sandwich spread – Great with all sorts of sandwich fillings, my favourite is plain and simple: spread Pesto on a slice of fresh sourdough, top with a slice of cheese and the second piece of bread. Toast in the sandwich press. Yum.
Roast veggies – Topping your roast veggies with a generous dollop of Pesto upon serving really takes them up a notch.
Salads – Increase the olive oil and turn a portion of this Basil Pesto into a delicious salad dressing.
Scrolls – Spread Scroll dough with generous amounts of Basil Pesto then top with cheese before rolling up.
How do you like to serve Pesto? I’d love to hear in the comments below the recipe!
My daughters would live on Pesto pasta if they had it their way! Have you tried my Pesto Pasta with Broccoli? It’s a great guide for you on how to use some of this Thermomix Pesto.
Basil Pesto – Nut-Free
- Place pepitas and sunflower seeds in a dry frying pan. Toast until seeds start to change colour and pop. Set aside to cool.
- Place Parmesan and garlic in mixer bowl. Blitz 3 seconds/speed 8/MC on.
- Add remaining ingredients (just 80g oil for now). TURBO/4-5 times, until it reaches your desired consistency. If it needs the extra oil, add it now and TURBO again.
- Use what you need and if you have left overs, store in a clean jar covering the surface of the Basil Pesto with a thin layer of oil – this will preserve the colour. Use within a week.
Please note, nutrition information is calculated via an online recipe nutrition calculator and is a guide only. It is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed 100% accurate. I am not a nutritionist or trained health professional.