Homemade basil pesto

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Today I'm taking you to Italy to prepare a homemade basil pesto, what do you say?

The fresh homemade basil pesto is second to none in any prepared pestos. Simple to make, it will perfectly embellish pasta, grilled meats, etc.

Traditionally, in Italy, basil pesto is prepared in a mortar. First crush the basil leaves and then the other ingredients, to obtain a kind of smooth and creamy puree

If you don't have a mortar, a robot or blender can do the trick

Do not hesitate to spread the bottom of your salted pies, to garnish with small puff pastry appetizers, to put in your pasta salads etc…

Preparation: 10 minutes

Serves 6


  • 1 bunch green or purple basil
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 50g Parmesan cheese
  • 15 cl olive oil
  • 2g of their salt
  • 4 rounds of pepper mill




Step 1

Wash the basil and peel. Peel and de-fatten the garlic.

Step 2

In a mortar, pound the garlic with a pinch of fleur de sel, until you get a puree. Then add the pine nuts and basil leaves

Step 3

Finely grate Parmesan cheese with a grater or microplane. Add Parmesan cheese. 

Step 4

Then add the olive oil and season with pepper.
Set aside in the fridge covered with food paper

Chef's tips and tricks

Basil pesto is a base. Depending on what you have and your recipes, you can replace it with arugula, radish or carrots, candied tomato and what else!

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