Gluten Free

Avocado, pine nut and basil pesto

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 0 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Serves:4 as a dip or 6 as a pasta sauce


    1 large avocado, chopped
    small bunch basil
    1 small garlic clove
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    30g pecorino, finely grated
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    60g pine nuts, toasted


    1. Put all the ingredients, apart from 1 tbsp pine nuts, in the small bowl of a food processor and whizz until relatively smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Season. Stir through the reserved pine nuts and serve as a pesto for pasta (stirred through with a little of the starchy cooking water to loosen), eat as a dip with crudités or spread on crusty bread.

    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, March 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose Food app for the full issue

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