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23 June 2015

Pesto Perfection from The Hungry Guest

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Pesto has become an indispensable kitchen ingredient these days. It is tasty and quick to use and transforms an otherwise dull meal into something rather more exciting. We’ve been testing out the Basil Pesto from The Hungry Guest made by their chefs in West Sussex.

The Hungry Guest makes a lot of its own products such as sauces, chutneys, jam and even granola. Knowing exactly where their ingredients come from is important so producing many of the things they sell seemed the natural approach to ensure the best quality food is stocked on the shelves.

Pesto is actually quite easy to make, needing just a few ingredients;
basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan and olive oil, but many people prefer to buy it ready made, leaving it to the experts to get the balance of flavours and texture just right.

Photo: © The Hungry Guest
The Hungry Guest’s fresh Basil Pesto is a vibrant green colour from the just-picked juicy basil and the sublime smell is heady, intense and aromatic.

Unlike some mass-produced brands on the market, this pesto is not padded out with other green stuff like spinach, it is pure and true.

Did you know that it takes one and a half kilos of fresh basil to make 28 tubs?

The pine nuts are toasted to perfection and combined with grated parmesan for a deep savoury flavour.

The garlic is truly fresh too, not overpowering and free from any bitterness.
Everything is loosened with good quality olive oil to achieve the right consistency for dolloping, spreading and stirring through.
Some lemon juice adds a little acidic tang and a dash of seasoning creates one of the most wonderful pestos we’ve ever tasted.

The Hungry Guest's video shows how they make it, all in small batches.

Just as well it comes in 200g tubs as one taste left us immediately wanting more. We had the opportunity to eat it in a variety of ways including with pasta, roasted courgettes and peppers as well as with tomatoes and on new potatoes and with grilled lamb.

There are so many ways to use pesto; take a look at our 20 Ways with Pesto for inspiration.

We are pleased to award The Hungry Guest our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Basil Pesto.

To find out more about The Hungry Guest visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

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