Pesto is very versatile: add it to freshly cooked pasta, spread onto white fish before baking, serve with grilled chicken or spread on bruschetta.
Heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Add the pine nuts and toast them for a few minutes until browned and fragrant.
Place the parmesan chunks in a food processor and add the basil leaves, garlic, toasted pine nuts and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Blend for a few seconds until it begins to come together and is smooth.
Taste the pesto for seasoning, and add a squeeze of lemon juice if you like.
If not using straight away, you can store the pesto in a jar and will keep for a week in the fridge. Or you can put it into ice-cube trays and freeze.
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