Saturday, May 21, 2011

Basil Pesto

This classic Italian sauce was originated in Genoa (Northern Italy). It is an easy recipe that you can make quickly using a blender. Of course, if you want it to be authentic you can prepare it using  a mortar and pestle. 

3 cups fresh sweet basil leaves
1 cup pine nuts
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup Parmesan-Reggiano, grated
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor or blender, combine the basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan. Pulse until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Season with salt and pepper.  With a processor running, slowly drizzle olive oil into the mixture. You can use this sauce with pasta, pizza, meat dishes, etc. 


  1. Pesto is such a great item to have hand for a quick mid week meal. It has so many uses.

  2. I'm so glad you added me on Foodbuzz, this way I came across your blog! I've instantly fell in love with it, being of European background myself - your posts are amazing!

  3. thanks for the add on foodbuzz! i LOVE everything related to europe!!! :D looking forward to your posts!

  4. Thanks for the add on Foodbuzz - perfect timing since I just started growing herbs and needed a pesto recipe for all my fresh basil! Looking forward to more recipes :)