A lot of people want to know how to make the simplist things, but in the best way. The most simple Italian sauce can prove tricky to get exactly right - Pesto.
This recipe below should prove a success! For best results use basil bought from our favourite market in Puglia - belissimo!
50g Basil Leaves
1 small Clove of Garlic (better if fresh)
1 pinch of Salt
1 generous tablespoon of Pine Nuts
15g of Pecorino (try to use “Fiore” or “Sardo” as it's better with this recipe)
15g of Parmigiano Reggiano
4 tablespoons of extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tear the Basil leaves off the stems
Remove the main vein of the leaf
Wash the basil leaves with cold water and dry with a cloth
Peal the garlic clove and grate the Pecorino and the Parmigiano cheese
Place the basil, garlic, salt and pinenuts in a mortar
Hand mix with the pestle, pressing firmly
When the basil is crushed, add the cheese and make the paste
Then add the oil to make a creamy consistency
Put all the ingredients together in a mixer and gentle mix
Your pesto is now ready to be served...
The market in Puglia