I personally am a huge fan of Italian cuisine; especially the Italian pasta and sauces with which they are served. The other day I decided to search the internet to find a pesto that I would like at first sight and that I could make myself at home. And so I stumbled upon what is called basil pesto. It simply contained my two favorite ingredients – basil and pesto. So, I had to continue researching to see where this pesto came from, what its history was, and what was the best recipe I could use to make this pesto. Not to be outdone, I decided to share my dreams with you and shorten the time you might spend researching as I did.
So, if you are a fan of pesto and all its possible variations and combinations, then you are in the right place. You have found the right text that will make your culinary life a little easier.
Basil Pesto History, Recipe, and Variations
What is Basil Pesto?
As you can already guess, basil pesto is a sauce that has its roots in Italy; or, more precisely, in the city of Genoa. According to the traditional recipe, this pesto is made from garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, parmesan and basil, and olive oil. It is interesting to explain to you how this sauce got its name. According to some people, in the spring when people started making this sauce, it was made as follows. The ingredients were crushed on a marble mortar with a wooden pestle, and they did so only in a circular motion. Due to this way of preparing the sauce gets the name pesto; it is derived from the word pestâ and in translation means “to crush”.
The first recipes containing ancient variations of this sauce date back to the time of the Roman Empire. This fact only convinced me of the good taste of this pesto. As soon as it manages to survive for thousands of years, then surely the taste is great, right?
Basil Pesto Recipe
Although at first glance this sauce seems too complicated to make and looks like only top chefs can make it, the reality is quite different. Believe it or not, you only need 15 minutes to make this pesto! The ingredients you need to make the basil pesto are the following: 2 cups fresh basil leaves, ½ cup of freshly grated parmesan, ½ cup of virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup of pine nuts, 3 minced garlic cloves, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper. Now carefully follow the steps you need to take to do this pesto.
First, put the basil and the pine nuts in a blender and pulse several times to get a homogeneous mixture. Then add the garlic and parmesan to the mixture; pulse again several times to get a homogeneous mixture again.
Have a spatula on hand and stir the bottom of the blender several times so that you do not have parts of the ingredients that will not be processed evenly. While the blender is still running, slowly add the olive oil. Then add salt and pepper. And, voila! In just 15 minutes you have homemade pesto!
Basil Pesto Pasta
So, basically, basil pesto pasta is a match made in heaven! The taste of pasta in combination with this pesto is something that simply cannot be described in words; it should be tasted to experience its invaluable value. That’s why in this section I will tell you a recipe for pasta with basil pesto that will take you up to 30 minutes to prepare. The first thing you need to do is take a deep pot, fill it with water, add a teaspoon of salt and a little oil. Once the water boils, put the pasta in the water and cook until it is ready. Drain the pasta and place in a separate bowl. Then in the dough bowl add the pesto we made with the recipe from the previous paragraph of the text. Once the mixture is combined, serve the pasta on plates.
Grate Parmesan cheese on top and place a teaspoon of pesto on one side of the decoration plate. You can even put a basil leaf on it for decoration. And in this quick way, you get pasta with pesto that will look like it was prepared by top Italian chefs.
Where to Buy Basil Pesto?
Surely there are some of you who are delighted with this pesto but do not have enough time to prepare it themselves. So, they might ask themselves the question where to buy basil pesto? You can sigh and not worry. The good thing about supermarkets is that you can buy everything in them. You can even get pesto that is pre-cooked and stored properly. The basil pesto can be found in all major supermarkets in your neighborhood. This pesto is usually stored in glass jars to preserve its flavor and extend its shelf life. All major markets have this product. So. if you do not have time to prepare it yourself, go to the nearest Target or Walmart and buy it as a finished product. You can always warm it in the microwave and enjoy its taste.
To be realistic, the basil pesto will make you forget about your daily worries for a moment. For a moment you will imagine that you are in one of the wonderful Italian restaurants; surrounded by Italian people, Italian food, and Italian smells. This pesto comes directly from the heart of Italy and is a perfect pasta partner. In this article, we have offered you two recipes that you can prepare the next time your friends come to dinner. Show your culinary skills and let your friends envy you for the culinary skills that can match the skills of Italian chefs!
In just 15 to 30 minutes of preparing the meal, you will have a wonderful dinner. For hours, you will enjoy the taste of Italy that you have prepared yourself and brought to your home!