How to Make Pesto sauce

How to Make Pesto sauce - Снимок экрана 2023 07 25 в 13.18.40
  • 50g fresh basil leaves
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 40g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Per serving
Calories: 303 kcal
Proteins: 3.5 g
Fats: 30 g
Carbohydrates: 4.5 g
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  • Wash the fresh basil leaves and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • In a dry pan over medium heat, lightly toast the pine nuts until they turn golden brown. Remove them from the heat and let them cool.
  • In a food processor or a blender, add the toasted pine nuts, grated Parmesan cheese, and garlic cloves. Pulse the mixture a few times to chop the ingredients roughly.
  • Add the fresh basil leaves to the processor and begin to blend the mixture while slowly pouring in the extra-virgin olive oil. Continue blending until the sauce reaches a smooth consistency.
  • Season the pesto sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Blend briefly to incorporate the seasoning.

Pesto sauce is incredibly versatile and can be served with a wide range of dishes. Traditionally, it is served with pasta, particularly with dishes like spaghetti or trofie. It also pairs well with gnocchi and can be spread on toasted bread or used as a dip for vegetables. Additionally, pesto can be drizzled over grilled chicken, fish, or used as a dressing for salads.

Pesto sauce is a classic Italian green sauce that has gained worldwide popularity for its vibrant flavors and simplicity. The combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil creates a rich and aromatic sauce that elevates a variety of dishes. Its vibrant green color adds a beautiful touch to any meal, making it both visually appealing and delicious.

Facts about the sauce:

  1. Pesto sauce originated in the city of Genoa in the Liguria region of Northern Italy.
  2. The word “pesto” comes from the Italian verb “pestare,” which means “to pound” or “to crush.” Traditionally, the ingredients were crushed using a mortar and pestle, but nowadays, blenders or food processors are commonly used for convenience.
  3. The classic Ligurian recipe for pesto includes only seven main ingredients: basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pesto sauce is known for its fresh and herbaceous taste, with the basil as the predominant flavor, balanced by the nutty richness of pine nuts and the savory notes of Parmesan cheese.
  5. While the traditional recipe calls for pine nuts, variations with other nuts like walnuts or almonds are also popular and can bring unique flavors to the sauce.
  6. Pesto is best enjoyed fresh, as its vibrant green color and flavors can fade over time. To preserve its color, store pesto in an airtight container and top it with a thin layer of olive oil before refrigerating.
  7. Apart from its culinary uses, pesto sauce has become a popular ingredient in various dishes worldwide, from sandwiches and wraps to pizzas and omelets, showcasing its versatility and global appeal.
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