Pesto alla Genovese is a simple fragrant sauce and one of Italy’s most popular sauces originating from Liguria in the north-western part of the boot.
The essential ingredients are basil, garlic, pine-nuts, extra-virgin olive oil and aged Italian cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano or Grana Padana.
It is super easy, delicious and can be put together in mere minutes. Pesto is best served fresh while the flavors are bright, bold and strong but also keeps well in the fridge for up to one week, covered, with an extra layer of extra-virgin olive oil in the jar to prevent the basil from oxidizing or turning brown.
There are endless ways to use pesto. Try it as a flavor booster for minestrone soup, pizza topping or as a sandwich spread. Toss it with gnocchi or any pasta of your choice.
My favorite way is to toss it with linguine. So quick and easy and packed with the wonderful flavors of summer!
- 4 cups fresh basil
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Step By Step Pesto
Process on high using the shortest amount of time so the basil does not lose it’s vibrant green color. (When I make large quantities I freeze it at this point before adding the cheese.)
I used the end of a wooden spoon to reach down and stir. Or simply invert the pesto sauce into a small bowl and then stir in the cheese. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
It should not be overly smooth. A little chunky with some texture and you have the perfect pesto sauce. 🙂
Yields 1 cup
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