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Recipe: Pesto Genovese

by Jessie Beyer - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Recipe: Pesto Genovese

Gardening season is here and that means many of us have bunches of basil just begging to be used. Here is a pesto recipe perfect for turning fresh basil into a delicious addition to your meal – be it tossing some pesto Genovese on pasta, drizzling it over grilled fish, or as a sauce for pizza night!


(Serves 4)

1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 tbsp pine nuts
A pinch of coarse salt
2 cups basil leaves, tightly packed
1⁄4 cup each freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino Sardo (or 1⁄2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano);
1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Place basil, garlic, pine nuts, and salt into a food processor blend until finely minced.
2. Slowly drizzle in olive oil into the food processor while it’s running until you have a smooth mixture.
3. Add cheese and process just long enough to fully mix it into the pesto.

Serving suggestions:

Pasta: Dilute with one to two tablespoons of pasta cooking water and toss with pasta of choice.

Fish: If you’re throwing some swordfish on the grill try finishing it with a nice drizzle of pesto.

Pizza: Spread a thin layer on your crust and add your toppings: tomato, mozzarella, chicken – you choose!

Grilled veggies: Drizzle some pesto over your veggies for an added burst of flavor.

*Recipe adapted from Saveur

Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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