The secret of making a real genovese pesto (except for using the freshest ingredients) is to grind the ingredients with a mortar and pestle to get a real authentic taste. Most people use electric mixers nowadays which is still fine however it is important to not over-mix the ingredients as it will then over-heat the sauce . This is one of the most simple recipes and it doesn't require a lot of ingredients, I used this recipe and have translated it for you:
2 cloves of garlic
100ml extra virgin olive oil
50g of basil leaves
70g freshly grated parmesan cheese
30g of pecorino cheese
15g of pine nuts
a pinch of salt ( I use fleur de sel)
*Start by grinding the garlic cloves with a pinch of salt in the mortar until a creamy like texture is formed
*Add a few basil leaves at a time to the garlic together with a pinch of salt and grind (or as they say in italy pestare) until the bright green essence of the basil has come out
*Add the pine nuts and crush until creamy, at this point you may add the 2 cheeses altering them with the olive oil and grind till the texture is consistent
Et Voilà! Buon appetito!
wow looks delicious. I never knew you should make pesto with a mortar and pestle.ReplyDelete
I never knew that! I make mine in my cuisinart. Will definitely try the mortar and pestle. Thanks for the tip :) xoxoReplyDelete
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This looks amazing! I love spaghetti al pesto genovese :)ReplyDelete
This is a great recipe. I love Pesto and this looks yummy!!ReplyDelete
this recipe is perfect!!!ReplyDelete
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Looks SO delicious :)ReplyDelete
Adore pesto...love the freshness. This is a staple meal in our house!ReplyDelete
Great recipe and nice pics!!! I love pesto and like you i prefer mix the ingredients using tbe mortar I like so muchReplyDelete
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Looks delicious and healthy! have a lovely week <3<3ReplyDelete
It looks delicious! Yuuumy!ReplyDelete
I LOVE PESTO!!!ReplyDelete
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I love pesto! These spaghetti looks very delicious!ReplyDelete
Yum, this looks delicious! I actually made something quite similar to this using spinach.ReplyDelete
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yummie looks soo freaking delicious!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing! I love pesto and will now have to add a mortar and pestle into my cooking tools :)ReplyDelete
mm looks yummy!ReplyDelete
Delicious! I have almost all of these ingredients on hand. May have to make this for dinner tonight :)ReplyDelete
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im a huge fan of pesto! this dish looks delish!!ReplyDelete
so simple and delicious! need to add pasta w/ pesto back into my rotation.ReplyDelete
delicious! looks divineReplyDelete
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Wow !! Just amazing !! Wanna try some of it cuz a JUST LOVE PESTO !! Speccially with tomatoes like a Capresa !!ReplyDelete
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Now I know what i'm gonna eat for the lunch!
This looks amazing - thanks for the recipe!ReplyDelete
Great, thank you for your visit, also your pesto looks very good and spaghetti are perfectly "al dente". see u soon...monyReplyDelete
This Pesto sauce looks incredibly! It's one of my fave summer dishes! Thanks again for visiting my space, I will be back here, 'cause I like the mix food-fashion... great!ReplyDelete
i love spagetti so much! I want to try that tomorrow! thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
I like your spaghetti al pesto! :)ReplyDelete
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