simple and fresh
Liguria, the beautiful Northern region of Italy, is the country’s most famous basil-growing region. It is the birthplace of the luxurious sauce, originally known as Pesto alla Genovese. The classic prep involves using a mortar and pestle which helps preserve the color, fragrance, and reduces bitterness that sometimes comes from using a food processor. I have used both methods and today I present the quick food processor version. You will not be disappointed.
- 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
- 2 Tbsp pine nuts
- 2-3 garlic cloves (depending on your garlic level preference)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Place the basil leaves, garlic cloves, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse (don’t blend!) until finely minced.
2. With the machine running on a low speed, add the olive oil and continue to process until the mixture is smooth.
3. Add in the grated Parmesan cheese and 1/2 tsp of kosher salt. Process just until combined.
4. Enjoy over pasta, as a pizza sauce, dip for crudités, or on fresh pita chips. Store in the refrigerator and as always, enjoy!