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RECIPE: Make Vuyo’s fresh basil pesto

Have no idea what to do with those excess bunches of basil from your home garden? Make Vuyo Mayesa’s pesto


Vuyo Mayesa (40) makes this simple, fresh, cheesy classic relish with fresh basil picked from his own garden.

Ready within minutes, Vuyo’s flavourful pesto can be used as a dip, sauce or even a spread on a slice of toast!

READ: How a Bob Marley hit inspired Vuyo’s township pesto

Mayesa is a firm believer that the recipe should merely serve as a guide. Don’t be afraid to make it your own!

The bottom line? Pesto is an easy, simple, and fresh way to elevate any savoury veggie or meaty dish.

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2 cups fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

3 cloves garlic (roasted or fresh)

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Place the basil leaves and pine nuts into the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times.
  2. Add the garlic and parmesan cheese and pulse several times more, then scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.
  3. While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady, small stream.

TIP: Adding the olive oil slowly, while the processor is running, will help it emulsify and help keep the olive oil from separating.

4. Occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor.Stir in salt and ground black pepper, add more to taste. Add lemon and stir.

5. Toss with pasta for a quick sauce, drizzle over baked potatoes, or spread onto crackers or toasted slices of bread and ENJOY!

READ: How a Bob Marley hit inspired Vuyo’s township pesto

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Noluthando Ngcakani
Noluthando Ngcakani
With roots in the Northern Cape, this Kimberley Diamond has had a passion for telling human interest stories since she could speak her first words. A foodie by heart, she began her journalistic career as an intern at the SABC where she discovered her love for telling agricultural, community and nature related stories. Not a stranger to a challenge Ngcakani will go above and beyond to tell your truth.


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