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.
187,918 24.6/5 for 22 ratings
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Last modified on: July 25th 2020

For 600 g, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 100 g 150 g 300 g 600 g 900 g

How long does it take?

Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
10 min.5 min.15 min.

Keeping:

Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 5 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #1
Put 300 g pine nuts in a pan without any oil. Dry roast briefly over high heat, stirring frequently.

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #2
Peel 2 cloves garlic, remove the green shoot and chop.

Pick the leaves off the 6 bunches basil.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #3
Pour the juice of 2 lemons, zest, 8 tablespoons olive oil and 4 g vitamin C on the leaves.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #4
Mix to get a basil puree.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #5
Add pine nuts, garlic, 200 g Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan) grated, 10 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper...

Stage 6 - 1 min.
Pesto : Photo of step #6
... and mix again until you obtain the texture of a thick puree.

Do not hesitate to adapt the quantity of olive oil, more or less, the important thing is to obtain the desired texture.


Stage 8
Pesto : Photo of step #8
Store in the fridge in a closed jar.

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.

The basil which gives the green color tends to oxidize easily, and therefore lose this beautiful color. To keep it better, add, before blending, the vitamin c.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
5,402 Kcal or 22,617 Kj125 gr87 gr506 gr
270 %48 %8 %77 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
485 Kcal or 2,031 Kj11 gr8 gr45 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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