Pesto Calabrese

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


  1. In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, Calabrian chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped.
  3. Slowly pour in the olive oil while the food processor is running until the mixture becomes smooth.
  4. Add the Pecorino cheese and pulse until well combined.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  6. 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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