Pesto


Pesto
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.
175,505 24.6/5 for 22 ratings
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Last modified on: May 12th 2017

For 300 g, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 100 g 150 g 300 g 600 g 900 g

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
17 min.5 min.22 min.
Keeping: 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
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Appreciate pesto at its best on plain pasta, with a few shavings of Parmesan: a pure delight.

Remarks

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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,701 Kcal or 11,309 Kj63 gr44 gr253 gr
135 %24 %4 %38 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
487 Kcal or 2,039 Kj11 gr8 gr46 gr
24 %4 %1 %7 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made.

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Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan)Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Gratin of purple artichokes, Spaghetti Carbonara, Tomato foccacia, Pesto crackers, Broad bean salad with Parmesan, ... All
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