At this time of year I always keep a Basil plant in my kitchen. Depending on where you are buying it from you can usually get a plant for about a £1.00 and every time you pick some leaves they just keep growing back, this is much cheaper than buying cut basil.
Chop some tomatoes, add some basil, a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. On toast this makes a great light lunch or snack. It can also be used in homemade burgers or in a salad. I always use it in my ‘keep it simple pasta sauce’, wherever there is a tomato there is always some basil not far behind in my household!
Pesto Pesto is also a great use for basil, the pine nuts and parmesan cheese can be a little expensive but it tastes far better than the bought pesto and served with pasta it doesn't amount to much for a whole meal! There is nothing quite like pasta with fresh pesto, yummy!