Pesto Genovese

Basil Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    375 milliliters

    • Difficulty


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Pesto Genovese is a very old sauce associated with the town of Genoa, on the Ligurian Sea, where it may have originated. The name comes from the Italian word pestare, which means “to crush” or “to beat,” and refers to the traditional method of pounding the ingredients in a mortar and pestle. Pesto Genovese is a traditional condiment for the vegetable soup Minestrone con Pasta, and a sauce for pasta. There are other regional pestos: Pesto Trap