Pesto Sauce

This is a basic sauce for pastas, sandwiches and dips that you can tweak depending on the use you put it to. If it's going to be a dip or a spread, increase the amount of Parmesan cheese to half a cup and oil by a few extra tablespoons. As a pasta sauce, increase the amount of garlic and olive oil in it. You'd be surprised what a big difference these small additions can make to the flavour.

Preparation time 10m Difficulty
Cooking time 0m Budget
Serves 4 Published Thursday, 10 October 2013
Recipe type Dips & Sauces Author Manisha Sharma
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For 4 people ()


  • 2 cup(s) basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, big, peeled and crushed
  • 4 tablespoon(s) Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt, as per taste

Pesto Sauce Directions
  1. Grind basil, nuts, salt and garlic cloves in a food processor or mixer.
  2. Once you get a coarse paste, add the Parmesan and pulse once to combine it into the mixture. 
  3. Add extra virgin olive oil in a thin stream while the mixer is running on low speed till you get the desired consistency -- slightly coarse.
  4. Taste the pesto and adjust seasoning as per taste.
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