Basil sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    300 ml

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Cooking of the Mediterranean

By Jane Grigson

Published 1991

  • About

Excellent with fresh pasta or stirred into vegetable soups. Basil is not a commonly sold herb but many people now grow it in their gardens. The quantity given here assumes that it is lightly packed into the measuring container.


  • 500 ml (¾ pint) basil leaves
  • 60 g (2


Process or blend the basil, pine kernels, garlic and 6 × 15 ml spoon (6 tablespoons) olive oil. Whizz to a paste and then add the remaining olive oil and the cheeses. Taste and add extra cheese if you l