Pesto Lesson from a Genoese Housewife

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We enjoyed a delicious pasta with basil pesto on our recent Tuscan holiday. The pesto was made by a family member of our host who brought it to us from her home in Genoa: authentic “pesto alla Genovese.”  Last evening I created a spontaneous version of this classic sauce, just to show you how easy it is to prepare.  The ingredients above are: basil (just picked from our garden), garlic cloves, Pecorino cheese from Calabria (the cheese I hade in my frig, and just right for pesto), a chunk of butter, toasted almonds, and olive oil.  All ingredients went into a blender (Cuisinart) and in about 2 minutes, magic occurs with this result:

 

Pesto perfect—you can do this. Let me know.  Jim

Pesto perfect—you can do this. Let me know.  Jim

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