Recipe by Phil Franco

Recipe provided by Adriana: Some say using a blender rather than a food processor results in a smoother puree. When combining pesto with pasta, Ligurians mix a small ladle of the cooking water into the pesto just before adding the noodles; this dilutes the concentrated sauce and helps it adhere to the pasta. Pesto is great on meats, fish or with pasta.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Directions:.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in blender. Blend until paste forms, stopping often to push down basil. Add both cheeses and salt; blend until smooth. Transfer to small bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Top with 1/2 inch olive oil and chill.) Makes about 1 cup.
  3. To freeze: divide into small portions.
  4. Some people freeze in ice cube trays.

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