Simple Italian pesto adds depth to many dishes besides pasta (although tossed in bowl of al dente linguine is reason enough to love it). Bring dips, meats, sandwiches, and even soups to life with this glorious green sauce.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Use the side of a chef's knife to mash garlic clove with kosher salt until garlic breaks down. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor with toasted pine nuts. Pulse until a paste forms. Add fresh basil leaves in two batches, pulsing until finely chopped. Add grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and grated Pecorino Romano; puree until combined. Transfer to a bowl; slowly whisk in extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt. Store in an airtight container, covered with a thin layer of oil, for up to 2 days.

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  • In a food processor, combine toasted nuts, basil, Parmesan, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Process until finely chopped. With machine running, pour olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube; process until smooth.

Reviews (5)

50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2018
Perfect! I used walnuts--since pine nuts have become so pricey it's hard to find fresh ones in my area and the walnuts blend just as well with the basil. I think this recipe can work with other herbs, too. I've used cilantro with pecans in the past, so plug them into this recipe and maybe sub manchego for the parmesan
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2017
Absolutely the BEST! Ingredient proportions right on the mark. I've been using other recipes, and finally tried this one, and I am so happy I did. Followed the recipe exactly. Made three batches, two to freeze, one to use for lunch. Great time to make it. Beautiful basil in the farmers markets.
Rating: Unrated
01/20/2012
My first time making a pesto. It turned out great! I only had raw marcona almonds on hand so used those as I felt they tasted similar to pine nuts. I'm excited to eat this tonight!
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Rating: Unrated
12/19/2010
Easy and very tasty!
Rating: Unrated
08/25/2008
Great, simple, flavorful pesto. Thanks Martha!