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Pesto is an Italian sauce made from pine nuts, Parmesan and basil. It's very simple but quite delicious, and goes particularly well with pasta.

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Last modified on: May 12th 2017

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
17 min.5 min.22 min.
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Stage 1
5 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #1 Put 150 g pine nuts in a pan without any oil. Dry roast briefly over high heat, stirring frequently.

Set aside.
Stage 2
10 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #2 Peel 1 garlic clove, remove the green shoot and chop. Pick the leaves off the 3 bunches basil.
Stage 3
2 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #3 Pour the juice of 1 lemon and 4 tablespoons olive oil in a blender (always the liquid part in first), then add pine nuts, garlic, basil, 100 g Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan) grated, salt and pepper.
Stage 4
5 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #4 Blend, adding a thin stream of olive oil gradually until it produces a fairly thick paste, something like the consistency of jam.

Your pesto is ready. If you are not going to use it right away, put it in a sealed jar in the fridge, where it will keep for several days.
Stage 5
Pesto : Photo of step #5 Appreciate pesto at its best on plain pasta, with a few shavings of Parmesan: a pure delight.


In this recipe the proportions are not all that important, so you can vary them (a little more, a little less) according to your taste. If you are fond of garlic, for example, you can double the quantity indicated.

It's not absolutely necessary to roast the pine nuts, but I find that it gives the pesto a richer flavour.

If you don't have any pine nuts, you can use walnuts instead.

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