Pesto Genovese is actually one of the easiest and healthiest sauces you can make for your spaghetti. Provided you have the basil (I always have some plants in pots), it’s a sauce you don’t boil, you don’t fry and it doesn’t fail! All you need is your food processor.

I have tried many times to put too many basil leaves into this recipe. I never made it; they were never TOO many! This makes it difficult to calculate the amount of basil needed for a pesto sauce, but since you can never fail, you should immediately take advantage of your blender…

Laziness Factor: 1

[where 0 is watering a plant and 4 is waiting for a plant you just planted to cast a shadow on you]

 

Ingredients for 4-5 servings:

– 500g spaghetti

– 30-50 basil leaves

– 3 garlic cloves

– 50-100ml olive oil

– salt and pepper

1.

Put a pot of water to a boil and start cooking the spaghetti as indicated.

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2.

Cut off a handful of (30-50) basil leaves and put them in the food processor.

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3.

Peel and add the garlic cloves, add salt and some olive oil as well.

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4.

If the oil you added at first wasn’t enough for the mix to form a paste, add some more, until your sauce looks like in the photo.

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5.

A minute before draining the spaghetti keep some of the boiling water into a bowl. This water contains starch and we are going to use it as a sticky medium.

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6.

Drain the spaghetti and, in the empty pot, pour the content of the food processor and some of the boiling water. The sauce should be dense enough, so don’t add too much water.

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7.

Normally, a pesto genovese contains pine nuts and parmesan, but this is the easy version, so I added any other hard cheese and skipped the pine nuts.

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8.

This is a dish to devour. Bon appetit!

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Here is a video version of this recipe:

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