Apr 14, 2021 · 3:04 pm
Last of the summer basil… in mid-autumn – time for basil pesto! I grew up with southern Italian cooking and so came to this dish from the north a bit later on. There are so many variations but I’ve tried to make it as close as I can to the original Ligurian version using basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano.
I did serve it with a southern Italian pasta though… orecchiette, from Apulia so the ‘little ears’ can ‘listen’ to the pesto (love how they cup the pesto in their shells).
Addio basilico, until next summer but buon appetito a tutti! Zoe x
(Secret tip: salt helps in crushing it all in the mortar with the pestle but I had to be careful not to oversalt. Oh, and I never cut basil leaves, only tear them, otherwise they go black.)
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Jan 14, 2020 · 1:13 pm
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Jul 26, 2015 · 12:55 pm
So many traditional Italian dishes were created by combining leftovers, which I love as I can’t stand wasting good food by tossing it out. And while I know I would definitely not be the first to try this, it was a happy discovery when faced with some leftover prosciutto to fry it, sprinkle it and taste for the first time – basil pesto orecchiette with crispy prosciutto.
Several different Italian regions from north and south getting together cheerfully on a plate…