Skip to main content
+44 (0)1225 427938
6 Terrace Walk, Bath, BA1 1LN

Basil Pesto

This is our favourite pesto and is made with hazelnuts and pine nuts, but doesn't contain cheese so perfect for vegans. You can vary the herbs and make it with wild garlic, watercress, rocket, baby spinach leaves or a mixture.

Basil Pesto

Dietary: Vegan

Serves: 4-6


50g hazels

25g pinenuts

1 garlic clove, peeled

100ml extra virgin olive oil

40g fresh basil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp apple juice concentrate

salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Place the hazels on a baking tray, and roast in a hot oven (200C/180Fan/Gas6) for 5-8 minutes, being careful they don’t burn. Rub the skins off the hazelnuts.

2. Dry roast the pinenuts in a small frying pan until golden, decant into a bowl.

3. In a food processor or in a pestle and mortar crush the pinenuts and hazels roughly and then decant them into a bowl and set aside.

4. Puree the garlic with a pinch of salt in a little of the olive oil, then add the basil and the rest of the olive oil and puree just enough to break up the basil to a rough texture.

5. Add the lemon juice and apple juice concentrate and mix.

6. Pour the basil and garlic mixture into the crushed nuts and stir in.

7. Season to taste.


  • Serve as a pasta sauce, bruschetta topping or as a dip for crudités.
  • Can be made with watercress, rocket, baby spinach leaves or a mixture.
  • The pesto will keep in the fridge for a week or two so long as the top is covered with a layer of olive oil.
  • You can also freeze it. Freeze in small containers, so that you can take out a little at a time.

Related articles

Beetroot Ceviche

Beetroot Ceviche


We've been getting some fabulous multi-colour beetroot recently from the nearby Castle Farm Organics which we've been putting to

Borscht Beetroot Soup

Borscht Beetroot Soup


Borscht originates from Eastern Europe where each country, and even each household, will have their variation of this hearty

Crispy Spiced Roast Potatoes

Crispy Spiced Roast Potatoes


These are the best crunchy roasties with a lovely yellow saffron hue and paprika spicy. Make sure you use floury