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Cafe Sicilia's Recipe for Homemade Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto


(enough for 4 servings of pasta)

  • 4 oz fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz pine nuts
  • 2 fat, peeled garlic cloves
  • a large pinch of sea salt flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4fl oz extra virgin olive oil


Place the basil, pine nuts, garlic and salt into a mortar and crush with a pestle. Bash and grind  it all together into a paste.  Add the Parmesan. Gradually add the oil. Work it all together into a creamy sauce. Add the black pepper and more salt to taste.

You could use a food processor but a mortar and pestle is so much more fun!

Buon Appetito!

Recipe courtesy Cafe Sicilia. Open PDF below for a printable version of this recipe.  For more tasty recipes from Cafe Sicilia click here



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