Pesto alla Genovese

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Appears in
Charleston to Phnom Penh: A Cook's Journal

By John Martin Taylor

Published 2022

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  • 50 small, round, mildly flavored basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, not too big, with green shoots removed
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Place the basil, the garlic, and the salt in a large mortar. Using a wooden pestle, crush the basil and garlic against the sides and bottom of the mortar until the mixture is uniform and the basil has begun to melt.

Add the cheese and continue to grind the mixture together until the cheese is uniformly incorporated.

Add the oil gradually in a stream, continually blending with th