This week I made a different variation of the famous sauce known as pesto. This made me want to write a little more about it, while also providing a few recipes so that others could also make it at home. I didn’t try pesto for the first time until I was older. (Of course, Italian food isn’t frequently found in Mexican kitchens). I was taking a course in the culinary institute, and the first time I tried pesto, it was the original version. It was a cold sauce, green in color, made with basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil. This is easy to prepare and find the ingredients, but it wasn’t until it finally reached my mouth that I experienced the complexity of pesto. Each one of its ingredients dances on the taste buds, opening it up to be used in a wide variety of recipes. It was during these college years that I got the opportunity to experience pesto, and every once in a while, it made an appearance at my dinner table.
Pesto has its roots in Northern Italy. It is claimed to be invented in Genoa, although similar sauces can be found in the Italian Peninsula dating back to the Roman Empire. It seems as if this sauce didn’t even start to get popular in the West until the 80’s. Although there is one recipe that is known worldwide, there are a wide variety of variations that have sprouted up. These recipes deserve just as much time as the original version, and can include dehydrated tomatoes, almonds, olives, lemon zest, etc. You can adapt each version to the ingredients found in each region. And regarding their uses, well, like many sauces this depends on the guests, and whatever you dare to add it to. But the most popular way of using it is to add amazing flavors to pasta, closely followed by its use in marinating meats, fish, or chicken, making delicacies out of your meals. Without any further ado, I encourage you to participate in this Italian tradition by using the recipes listed below. You can also alter them and share your results, as you see fit. I also hope this gives you ideas to enrich and vary your diet.
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