Basil pesto sauce

Basil pesto sauce

Besil pesto sauce was first introduced to me by my late father-in-law. Tears welled up my eyes as I type this. It’s been a year since we lost him but it still hurts. I missed his daily phone call to ask me ‘What’s for lunch, Julie?’ He might not be here but his teaching/recipes lives on. Therefore I also have no time for people who are selfish enough not to share recipe. Utmost annoying are those who lies and boast that they do not measure and those those who tell you to search the internet. Benci! Experiences and TIPs are the yardsticks I measure how kind, helpful and generous a person is.

My father-in-law might not eat all of my food but he loved asking me what’s I am serving his son. Often he is shocked at the palate his son has cultivated.

Anyway basil pesto sauce is another of them recipe lost in my old blog. As of today it is not lost anymore. This blog is now triple saved.

Basil pesto sauce or any sort of pesto sauce is so easy to make. I promised you that once you have made your own you will never ever eat shop bought one.

Pesto, or to refer to the original dish pesto alla genovese, is a sauce originating in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy. It traditionally consists of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, and hard cheese such as Parmigiano-Reggiano and it is with these original ingredients that I was taught to make from. The only different from my father-in-law’s is I add a lot more garlic and I also use a more generous amount of freshly ground Sarawak’s pepper.

Of course we can make pesto with any other herbs but for me, my favourite is still basil. It is so versatile a sauce and today I dribble it liberally with Haddock en papillote and both hubby and I enjoyed our lunch very much. As it is so easy to make, I hope with this lock down you will try.

TIP – You can ‘wash’ your basil by watering them the day before using and let them dry thoroughly.

TIP – Olive oil must cover the top of your jar if you intend to keep for awhile.

TIP – Always toast your own pine nuts.

TIP – Use the hard bits of your parmesan so as no waste.

Basil pesto sauce

Course Side Dish


  • Pine nuts
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper


  • First thing to do is to toast your pine nuts and then leave them to cool down.
  • In your blender first add garlic, peeled whole and chopped parmesan cheese. Topped with basil leaves and then olive oil.
  • Next add in the salt but be mindful that the parmesan is salty and pepper. (Must be freshly ground for the nicer smell). Topped with a handful of pine nuts.
  • Taste and add seasoning or extra olive oil to lightens. Enjoy.


I will continue to update this page every time I use the basil pesto sauce.
12/11/2020 – Todays using basil pesto sauce to serve Haddock en papillote. En papillote means just wrap everything and bake in 200 C oven for 25 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. 

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