Monday, January 30, 2012

Spaghetti al pesto genovese


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:

Recipe:
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!  








43 comments:

  1. wow looks delicious. I never knew you should make pesto with a mortar and pestle.

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  2. I never knew that! I make mine in my cuisinart. Will definitely try the mortar and pestle. Thanks for the tip :) xoxo

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  5. This looks amazing! I love spaghetti al pesto genovese :)

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  6. This is a great recipe. I love Pesto and this looks yummy!!

    Rhe
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  7. this recipe is perfect!!!
    the real genovese pesto sauce!
    wonderful post!
    ciao my dear friend!

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  8. that looks totally delicious! and you made such nice pics!

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  10. Adore pesto...love the freshness. This is a staple meal in our house!
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  11. Great recipe and nice pics!!! I love pesto and like you i prefer mix the ingredients using tbe mortar I like so much
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    Kisses from spain

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  13. Looks delicious and healthy! have a lovely week <3<3

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  14. It looks delicious! Yuuumy!
    xoxo

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  15. I LOVE PESTO!!!
    and ur food photography is so good!!

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  16. I love pesto! These spaghetti looks very delicious!

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  17. Yum, this looks delicious! I actually made something quite similar to this using spinach.

    xo erica

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  19. yummie looks soo freaking delicious!
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  20. Thanks for sharing! I love pesto and will now have to add a mortar and pestle into my cooking tools :)

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  21. mm looks yummy!

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  22. Delicious! I have almost all of these ingredients on hand. May have to make this for dinner tonight :)

    Mandy
    The Klury Report & Kini Style

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  23. This was my dinner inspiration on a very uninspired day! Thank you :)
    Sooo yummy! you've definately got a new reader!
    xoxox

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  24. im a huge fan of pesto! this dish looks delish!!

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  25. so simple and delicious! need to add pasta w/ pesto back into my rotation.
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  26. delicious! looks divine


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  27. I always feel like Im in the most indulgent of food comas when I visit your site. This looks really terrific! I wonder what would happen if you and I catered a party. haha.

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  28. gorgeous photos

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  31. That looks so yummy and healthy at the same time- kudos.

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  32. Wow !! Just amazing !! Wanna try some of it cuz a JUST LOVE PESTO !! Speccially with tomatoes like a Capresa !!

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  33. mmm that looks so amazing, I'll definitely be trying that out! Your blog's lovely, I'm now following :)

    xo Gillie

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  34. wow ! this looks sooo great ! i*m becommin hungry !!!

    great blog ! love it ! great mix !


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  35. It's 8AM and your post makes me feel hungry!!!
    Now I know what i'm gonna eat for the lunch!

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  36. This looks amazing - thanks for the recipe!

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  37. Great, thank you for your visit, also your pesto looks very good and spaghetti are perfectly "al dente". see u soon...mony

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  38. 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!

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  39. i love spagetti so much! I want to try that tomorrow! thank you for sharing!

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  40. I like your spaghetti al pesto! :)
    Greetings from Italy, Alessandra

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