This red pesto recipe is from Jasmin who lives in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. She’s also known as thermoqueen_au on instagram. Garlic is a staple ingredient in Jasmin's cooking.
75g Extra Virgin Olive Oil
50g Parmesan Cheese
2 Garlic Cloves (or more if you like?)
175g Pine Nuts
120g Sun Dried Tomatoes
Swap out half of the sun dried tomatoes for 60g of marinated red capsicum.
1. Process cheese and garlic first for 10-30 seconds. This time will depend on which food processor you have.
2. Add nuts and tomatoes (and capsicum if you like). Blitz for 10-30 seconds.
3. Pour oil slowly over while processing for an extra 30 seconds.
4. Transfer to a clean glass container or jar with an airtight lid (leaving at least 0.5cm clearance at the top).
5. Refrigerate until needed. Will often keep for 3-4 weeks.
KI Fresh Garlic Tip:
If you don't have a food processor on hand, you can use a mortar and pestle. Just be careful to still add the oil in a little bit at a time - you may need less!
About our amazing cook:
Jasmin first started experimenting with food from the age of 16, when she became vegetarian. While she’s no longer a vegetarian, her passion for cooking has grown!
It wasn’t until later in life that Jasmin realised all the people who had influenced her: her grandmothers. One grandmother was one very much an old school, country cook, while the other very much an international-style cook. Her mum and stepmum were also strong influences and her dad had a love of quality, fresh food.
“I find cooking meditative, relaxing and exciting to experiment… it’s also very much a demonstration of love,” Jasmin said.
‘My favourites are Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican & Italian cooking.”
“Garlic is one of the quintessential ingredients. I use it in so many ways and go through a heap!”
“Lately I've been experimenting with fermenting it. My husband has some Lebanese blood, that side of his family Easters are an epic celebration of Garlic!”
“Hot tip: Make sure you have water by the bed afterwards”.
A fun fact about Jasmin: “I love to sing and dance. Music and cooking go hand in hand.”