Pistou Recipe

Pistou Recipes

Ingredients :

50g (2 oz) fresh basil leaves

2 garlic cloves

pinch of salt

50g (2 oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

60ml (4 tbsp) virgin olive oil

Method :

Remove any stalks from the basil and pound the leaves in a mortar with the garlic and salt. When smooth and the leaves are reduced to a green paste, pound in the cheese. Gradually add the olive oil, stirring steadily so that it is thoroughly combined with the paste.

Alternatively, puree the basil, garlic and salt in a blender or food processor. Add the cheese and slowly pour in the oil with the machine running.

Pistou is very similar to Italian pesto. Both sauces are based on fresh basil, garlic and olive oil with cheese added. The Italian version also has pine nuts pounded into it.

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