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What Spices are Added to Pesto?

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Nadia Galinova
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What Spices are Added to Pesto?

Pesto is probably one of the most beloved Italian sauces. There are many different recipes for making this sauce. But one of the most common is the one with basil, pine nuts, parmesan, olive oil, salt, garlic, black pepper and nutmeg.

Every chef likes to add something of his own to established recipes. Pesto sauce originated from Genoa, which is located in northern Italy. The recipe for this sauce was written back in the 16th century. As we said, there are many recipes and variations of this delicious Italian sauce, but most people associate it with its pleasant green color.

As most of you know, pesto is made when all the ingredients are grinded in a blender or pounded in a mortar.

The main spices for pesto are basil, black pepper, salt and nutmeg.

It is a curious fact that the first chef to publish a recipe for pesto was Giovanni Battista Rato way back in 1863. It was a little different from the one we know today. The first recipe was with walnuts, but now the walnuts are replaced with pine nuts.

Whatever spices you add to the pesto, be sure to use it while it's still fresh.

You can prepare:

- salad with pesto;

- pesto sandwiches;

- pesto pasta, etc.

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