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SPAGHETTI WITH PESTO SAUCE

EASY | 30 minutes

Presentation

This pasta speaks Genoese, but it has very distant origins and its simple goodness and completeness has made it an international success. Basil, ocimum basilicum, literally royal herb, of Middle Eastern origin is the basis of the original pesto, which had much more garlic and little cheese. This for two reasons: the Arab-Persian influence in the Genoese world for long centuries, but also the use of garlic by sailors, for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, useful in those periods, on board ships. Today pesto is a creamy sauce, balanced between various ingredients and it prefers a raw cheese with an intense flavour that enhances its flavour. Pesto is a cold, soft and creamy sauce, it is not to be cooked, it is always ready, the pasta cooking time is enough and we are all at the table.

Ingredients

4 people
  • Spaghetti 280 g
  • Basil 70 g of leaves
  • Garlic clove 1
  • Pine nuts 30 g
  • Pecorino Romano 50 g
  • Fiore Sardo PDO 80 g
  • Coarse salt 10 g
  • Extra virgin olive oil 80 ml

Method

1

While making the sauce for the spaghetti with pesto, put a pot with plenty of salted water on the stove.

2

Put the peeled garlic clove, basil, grated Fiore Sardo pecorino cheese and pine nuts in a mortar. (If you are wondering what to use instead of pine nuts in the pesto, we suggest you try it with walnuts).

3

Mix all the ingredients well in the mortar and pound them until you get a fine paste, then add the oil slowly and combine it into the mixture until you reach the desired creamy consistency.

4

Cook the pasta and drain it softly, if you like the idea of ​​a coloured dish you can opt for spaghetti with pesto and small tomatoes.

5

Plate up and combine with delicious croutons.

6

The pesto sauce is also excellent for dressing simple baked vegetables.

RECIPE BY: Luisa Bayre and her staff

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