Italian-Style Pesto (Traditional)

Pound garlic and pine nuts in a mortar and pestle.  Crush into a smooth paste.  Add a handful of basil at a time and pound, pound, pound.  Add a few pinches of salt.  Stir in the cheese.  Taste for seasoning.  Add more salt, cheese or olive oil if needed


  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • salt
  • 1/ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups basil leaves
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Source: Sara

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