Pesto Recipe
Flavors of Italy
Total time: less than 15 minutes

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Italy or Provence... ?

The Italian word pesto and the southern French word pistou both come from the Latin pestare meaning to crush - referring to the way the basil is prepared in a mortar so that it can be blended into the sauce. 

Pesto adds a note of southern sunshine to whatever dish it's used in: spread on bread, as a pasta sauce, added to vegetable soup, vegetables, grilled fish, etc.

- 250 ml (1 cup) basil leaves
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 tbsp. Parmesan
- 3 tbsp. pinenuts
- Olive oil
  1. Using a mortar and pestle (or a food processor) blend together all the ingredients except the oil; 
  2. gradually whisk in the oil until a smooth creamy sauce is obtained. 
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