Pesto Calabrese is a traditional sauce from the Calabria region of Italy. It is made with a combination of fresh basil, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, Pecorino cheese, and Calabrian chili peppers. The chili pepper gives it a unique and spicy flavor. It is typically used as a pasta sauce and as a spread or dip for bread or vegetables.
- 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup of grated Pecorino cheese
- 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp of Calabrian chili pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, Calabrian chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
- Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped.
- Slowly pour in the olive oil while the food processor is running until the mixture becomes smooth.
- Add the Pecorino cheese and pulse until well combined.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
- Toss the pesto with your favorite pasta and enjoy.
You can also add some pine nuts or almonds to add a nutty flavor and texture to the pesto. The pesto can also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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