Tomato, Pesto and Olive Tart

Perfect for a laid-back weekend lunch, this impressive tart by Lakeland gives maximum flavour from minimum effort. Ingredients: 500g baby plum or cherry tomatoes 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 sheet ready-made puff pastry 2 tbsp pesto 55g pitted black olives 360g ricotta cheese Method: Preheat the oven to 220ºC/425ºF. In a […]

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Make your own basil pesto. The perfect addition to pasta topped with tomatoes, rocket and parmesan.  Basil Pesto by Lakeland Ingredients: 50g basil leaves 30g pine nuts, lightly toasted 30g Parmesan cheese or vegetarian alternative, grated 1 clove of garlic, peeled 75ml extra virgin olive oil salt and black pepper small squeeze of lemon juice, […]

Easy Italian Pesto Bread Recipe

Pretty to look at and delicious to eat, this fabulously easy no knead bread is perfect served warm as a dinner accompaniment. It tastes great served cold too, making it a fab way to jazz up those lunch boxes! Easy Italian Pesto Bread   Preparation time 10 mins plus rising – Baking time 20-25 mins – Makes […]

Best Green Pesto

When it comes to store cupboard stand ins, they don’t come more handy than a trusty jar of green basil pesto. Italia! put a selection of the classic sauce to the test There are countless classic basil pestos available on our supermarket shelves, but there are many variations on the authentic recipe on offer too. The […]

Italian word for the week: Pesto

Pesto (n.m.) Pesto. The word pesto comes from the Italian ‘pestare’, meaning ‘to pound, or crush’, or indeed to ‘pestle’, and is of course also cognate to our noun ‘pestle’ (Italian: ‘pestello’, Latin: ‘pistillum’) – so there is absolutely no need to ever again get confused about which is the pestle and which is the […]