Easily one of Italy's most famous and classic recipes, Basil Pesto also happens to be incredibly easy and straight-forward to make. Classic Ligurian Pesto is a rare example of simple mastery, and a tasty reminder that great things coming in deceptively small packages! If you adore fresh basil and velvety extra-virgin olive oil, then you'll want to make this quick fresh pasta sauce recipe repeatedly to get your basil fix in.
Perfect for any pasta type, handmade or dried, the best time of year for making easy fresh pesto recipes is, of course, is the summertime. During the warmer summer months, you can really take advantage of the great basil blossoms and full leaves available in your home garden or your terrace's potted basil plants. My chef friends recommend growing your own basil to ensure a truly 100% organic sauce experience, but of course, I also recognize that not everyone has that great green thumb to make their basil grow tall and plentiful.
In light of this, use whatever basil comes your way to prepare this simple, rewardingly beautiful and most-flavorful quick Italian pasta sauce recipe. Your reward will be cleaned plates across your table, and happy diners all around you!
Blend the basil and create base
Select large, healthy-looking basil leaves. Wash and dry well. Smash garlic cloves, and remove peel. Set aside.
Place basil in an classic blender (you can also use a smaller mini-blender or food processor) with the garlic, pine nuts, and a teaspoon of salt.
Add some extra-virgin olive oil and blend, making sure the mixer doesn’t heat up, so as to preserve the basil’s fresh scent and color. Keep an eye on the oil amount, you'll need just enough to keep the sauce blending and a bit liquid, but not overly so.
Finish the sauce
Put the mixture in a bowl and add the rest of the oil, mix well to obtain a creamy mixture.
Now add the grated Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheeses (aged cheese selections are preferred). Taste, and adjust for your preferences with more cheese to obtain your desired result.
160 minutes 5 ingredients 421 kCal
60 minutes 10 ingredients 461 kCal
35 minutes 8 ingredients 520 kCal