Trying specific cuisine native to the city I’m exploring is something I try to do wherever I go! I’ve had Goulash in Prague, gelato in Italy, sangria in Barcelona, meat pie in Edinburgh and crepes in Paris! Food says a lot about a culture – and for this reason Wonderlost will be highlighting delicious meals in different areas of the world.
While visiting Cinque Terre, Italy, I learned that the beautiful seaside city is known for its pesto. I decided to try some – the pesto was served with small pieces of potatoes, green beans, and pasta. It was one of the best dishes I’ve had; plus, food is always better when you’re eating it on the side of a hill at a cute restaurant in Italy – and when someone else makes it for you, right?
Since basil grows best in the summer here in New England, I have a few plants on my deck at home. I love to cook and pesto is one of my favorite things to make in the summer – I whipped up a batch last night. Lucky for you all, I’ve decided to give you my recipe!
- 2 cups basil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup walnuts (pecans or pine nuts will work too – or a mixture)
- 1 ¼ cup parmesan (or romano) cheese (or a mix of both)
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the basil, garlic, and walnuts in a food processor. Grind until mixed.
- Add the olive oil in simultaneously while grating some more.
- Add the cheese last. Mix more until fine.
- Salt and pepper to taste at the end.
Hint: if you want your pesto to maintain a bright green coloring, squeeze some lemon on top.
It’s as simple as that! You now have fresh pesto that you can pair with pasta, potatoes, chicken, or use as an appetizer on some thinly sliced bread, with a slice of mozzarella and a slice of a fresh tomato on top- my favorite!
Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do! For more on my trip to Cinque Terre, read here.