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Pesto Alla Genovese
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Basil-Pine Nut Pesto

Basil-Pine Nut Pesto is a very simple sauce that takes less than 5 minutes to make. Also called, Pesto Alla Genovese, this sauce can be made ahead of time and can be used when needed making it a handy sauce for busy days.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: One Pot Meal, Quick and Easy
Cuisine: European, Italian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 507kcal


  • Blender
  • pan
  • Spoon


  • 1 cup Basil leaves Packed
  • 2 tablespoon Pine nuts
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • to taste Salt
  • 3 tablespoon Parmesan cheese Freshly grated
  • ½ lb Spaghetti


  • Place the basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and half of the olive oil in a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the cheese and the rest of the olive oil and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta based on the package instructions. Reserve ¼ cup of pasta water and then drain the pasta in a colander.
  • Mix half of the pesto with the spaghetti and add a few tablespoon of reserved pasta water. Add more pesto if needed and serve!
  • The Basil-Pine Nut Pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. If storing, add a thin layer of olive oil on top to prevent discoloration.


Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg