Pesto is a typical Italian sauce made with basil and pine nuts. Discover how to make it at home with this delicious easy and simple recipe.

Before making this delicious sauce with which we can make our culinary imagination fly, we are going to talk about the origin of Pesto. The Pesto is a sauce traditional Italian cuisine and Pesto is a Genoese word prestare whose meaning is crushed is as traditionally in Italy this sauce is made, pounding in a mortar.

It is a sauce that is easily made and with which we can dress different dishes such as pasta, fish, meat, salads. This sauce can be made in addition to Parmesan cheese, Pecorino cheese or any other cured sheep cheese.

The color that characterizes this sauce as you can see when you make it is green, a color that both basil and parsley give it.

There is another variety of Pesto that is traditional from Sicily and is known by the name of Red Pesto (pesto rosso).The red Pesto differs from the pesto sauce that we publish in this recipe in that it is made with dried tomatoes and bell pepper, which will also result in an exquisite sauce and red in color.

In addition to dried tomatoes and red pepper, Red Pesto has the same ingredients as the Pesto sauce.

How to make pesto sauce:

Making pesto is extremely simple and easy. You only need the ingredients that we propose below, and follow the steps that we indicate. In a few minutes you can enjoy this popular, typically Italian sauce.


  • Some basil leaves (20 grams).
  • 40 grams of Parmesan or Pecorino cheese.
  • 100 milliliters of mild flavor extra virgin olive oil,
  • One garlic clove,
  • Pine nuts one tablespoon.
  • Parsley (10 grams).
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt.


  1. Peel the garlic clove, chop it and put it in the mortar together with the pine nuts.
  2. Crushing the pine nuts and the garlic clove until they are well ground.
  3. We pass the ground pine nuts and garlic to the blender and reserve.
  4. We wash the basil and parsley leaves well and put them in the blender.
  5. We also add the oil, the cheese, a pinch of black pepper, a little salt and mix everything together.
  6. We already have our Pesto ready to taste it as we please.
  7. When presenting it we can take it to the table in a sauce boat or small bowls.
  8. The pesto sauce can also be kept in the fridge for about 3 or 4 days in glass jars with hermetic closure so that it does not lose its flavor and nutritional properties.


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