Recipe 5 PestoPesto, one of the freshest, most flavorful sauces in Italian cuisine, is used in a variety of ways from region to region. This one is so easy to make that buying it in a store shouldn't be considered as an option. From sandwich spreads to dressings and sauces, this recipe is a must-know for all cooks. This is Jamie's classic pesto recipe, which he displays in a number of ways throughout Jamie's Italy.
3 bunches of fresh basil
a handful of pine nuts
1/2 garlic clove
handful of parmesan or pecorino, freshly grated
salt & pepper
Start by toasting the pine nuts in a dry pan or on a cookie sheet under a low broiler until just golden. In a food processor, toss in the basil, garlic clove, and toasted pine nuts, pulse processor until roughly chopped. Add a handful of parmesan or pecorino and continue to pulse mixture slowly adding olive oil until you get a creamy consistency. Thick or thin it is completely up to you. Season with salt and pepper to taste.