Basic pasta sauces: pesto sauce


Last week we saw tomato sauce as a pasta staple in our cooking class. Today we are going to see another recipe that in addition to being basic is a classic, the pesto sauce.

Today we are going to make a traditional pesto sauce, but we will also talk about the other types of pesto sauce that we can find. And let's see if we ever put them into practice too.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • For the pesto, 3 handfuls of fresh basil leaves (many), extra virgin olive oil, 1 small garlic, salt, 1 handful of pine nuts (Spanish) and a little freshly grated Parmesan.

How to make a pesto sauce for pasta

We start by making the pesto. In a glass or mortar we crush the basil with the garlic and salt and a little extra virgin olive oil, enough to make a puree with the leaves.

Then we add the pine nuts and the Parmesan cheese, crush and see if it needs a little more oil. We booked to use later.

Types of pesto sauce

We know a type of pesto characterized by being made up of pine nuts, basil, garlic, salt and olive oil. Its traditional elaboration is carried out in morteto, the truth is that it is the best. Although the rush makes us do it in a blender.

We have other types of pesto, for example those made with other types of nuts or mixing some of them in the same sauce. For example, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. I remember my mother making a pesto sauce with pine nuts and walnuts, and we loved it.

Sometimes we can also make other types of pestos sauces to which we can add other aromatic herbs. For example, with a touch of peppermint it gives it a very fresh touch. Or we can add rosemary, thyme, etc.

When to use pesto sauce

It must be said, of course, that this sauce is very valid for all kinds of recipes. It is great accompanying a meat, both grilled, on the grill or patty. But it is also great to accompany fish, especially fish with strong aromas and flavors, such as salmon. Although the queen of recipes for pesto sauce is pasta, there is no doubt about that.

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