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Pesto Sauce from Scratch
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7 INGREDIENTS • 6 STEPS • 10MINS

Pesto Sauce from Scratch

This pesto sauce is simply to die for. It is creamy without a drop of cream, fresh, aromatic and incredibly easy to make. So versatile you can have it hot or cold, with pasta, meats or as salad dressing, is just one of those sauces that you always need to have in your fridge when a quick meal will just do.
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Mi Terruño Food
Hi, my name is Morella. I'm a foodie, cook, food photographer, and proud Italo - Venezuelan! My recipes are traditional creole cuisine of Venezuela, occasionally fused with traditional flavors of southern Italy.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCifZtpcvsUMy7gcL2zo83Rg
This pesto sauce is simply to die for. It is creamy without a drop of cream, fresh, aromatic and incredibly easy to make. So versatile you can have it hot or cold, with pasta, meats or as salad dressing, is just one of those sauces that you always need to have in your fridge when a quick meal will just do.
10MINS
Total Time
$1.43
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
4
us / metric
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2.5 oz
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic
2 cloves
Garlic, chopped
Pine Nuts
6 tsp
Pine Nuts
or Cashew
Sea Salt
as needed
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 pinch
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
optional
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
245
Fat
24.4 g
Protein
5.1 g
Carbs
3.7 g
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Mi Terruño Food
Hi, my name is Morella. I'm a foodie, cook, food photographer, and proud Italo - Venezuelan! My recipes are traditional creole cuisine of Venezuela, occasionally fused with traditional flavors of southern Italy.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCifZtpcvsUMy7gcL2zo83Rg

Author's Notes

If you're vegan, simply replace the Parmesan cheese with a vegan option.
Cooking InstructionsHide images
step 1
In a pestle and mortar, add the Garlic (2 cloves), Sea Salt (as needed) and work it until both ingredients have become a paste.
step 1 In a pestle and mortar, add the Garlic (2 cloves), Sea Salt (as needed) and work it until both ingredients have become a paste.
step 2
Add the Pine Nuts (6 tsp) and continue to work the paste until all the nuts have been crushed.
step 2 Add the Pine Nuts (6 tsp) and continue to work the paste until all the nuts have been crushed.
step 3
Start to add the Fresh Basil Leaves (1 1/4 cups) little by little working in a round slow motion to break the leaves and release the oil.
step 3 Start to add the Fresh Basil Leaves (1 1/4 cups) little by little working in a round slow motion to break the leaves and release the oil.
step 4
Once you have a few leaves done, start to add the oil and cheese little by little interchanging between basil leaves, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (2.5 oz), and Grated Parmesan Cheese (2/3 cup).
step 4 Once you have a few leaves done, start to add the oil and cheese little by little interchanging between basil leaves, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (2.5 oz), and Grated Parmesan Cheese (2/3 cup).
step 5
Repeat the process until you've used all the leaves, taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. This recipe does not have black pepper.
step 6
Once done, add Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1 pinch). This is just to give a slight heat without overpowering the flavor and aroma of the basil. Add the sauce in a glass container with lid and place it in the fridge.
step 6 Once done, add Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1 pinch). This is just to give a slight heat without overpowering the flavor and aroma of the basil. Add the sauce in a glass container with lid and place it in the fridge.
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Gluten-Free
Keto
Low-Carb
Healthy
Shellfish-Free
Vegetarian
Quick & Easy
Italian
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