Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Recipe 5          Pesto
Pesto, 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
olive oil
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.


  1. Nothing beats a fresh homemade pesto...sounds perfect!

  2. I agree, it is definitely one of my favorite sauces!