Basil pesto

Homemade pesto is amazing. The flavour is vibrant, fragrant and completely delicious.

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basil pesto
Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date22 July 2019
People8
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 16 Minutes
Total time 16 Minutes

Basil pesto or “Pesto Alla Genovese” is a classic Italian sauce originating from the city of Genova the capital of Liguria. The flavour is vibrant, aromatic and completely irresistible.

Like most Italian food to stray away for the traditional recipe is a big no-no and pesto is no different! The ingredients of a traditional basil pesto are: garlic, pine nuts, basil leaves, parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil and a good sprinkle of salt.

Each element is crucial, the garlic, basil and parmesan to create such an amazing taste, the pine nuts provide the consistency and the oil binds it all together.

It’s a fantastic pasta sauce and it is lovely on a pizza either as a topping or instead of tomato sauce. Pesto goes really well as a sauce for meat, fish, chicken, and vegetables. Try some on a grilled chicken breast or a fillet of salmon.

This homemade pesto recipe will make your whole smell amazing. It can be used immediately or it can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days in a jar covered with olive oil. Frozen it can last up to 6 months.

This pesto is not vegetarian or vegan as it contains parmesan which is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

Ingredient list

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Basil 80gleaves
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 0to taste
Garlic 2clove(optional)

Step nr: 1 - Garlic and salt in pestle and mortar

Ingredient list for step nr: 1

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 0to taste
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Garlic 0clove
Preparation time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes

Add garlic and salt to a large pestle and mortar and start bashing and muddling until the garlic is in a fine paste. The salt will prevent the garlic from slipping away.

If you don't like garlic, you can skip this step. In this case, remember to add salt later.
Also, if you don't have a pestle and mortar, you can use a food processor: just mix all the ingredients together at top speed for a few seconds, until you have the right consistency.

Step nr: 2 - Add basil

Ingredient list for step nr: 2

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Basil 80gram
Preparation time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes

Add the basil and grind with the pestle. Keep bashing and muddling until the basil is in a paste.

Step nr: 3 - Add pine nuts

Ingredient list for step nr: 3

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Pine nuts 50gram
Preparation time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes

Add the pine nuts and crush them with the pestle, alternating bashing and muddling. Keep combining until the pine nuts are finely crushed.

Step nr: 4 - Add parmesan

Ingredient list for step nr: 4

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Parmesan 70gram
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Add the grated parmesan and mix well.

Step nr: 5 - Add oil

Ingredient list for step nr: 5

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

When everything is combined it's time to add the oil. Slowly add the oil while mixing with the pestle.

This pesto can be used immediately or it can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days in a jar covered with olive oil.

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