Italian Grandma Pesto Sauce Recipe

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Italian grandma Pesto sauce

Ali Pica


This Pesto sauce is amazing! It's great with Parmesan chicken and pasta! Also it's a great dip for bread. :)

If doing this recipe for gluten free, be careful of what brand nuts you buy and check if they are gluten free.

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4-6 people or lb of pasta


15 Min


Food Processor


2 c
baby arugula leaves
3/4 c
basil leaves
1/2 c
mostly pine nuts and handful of shelled pistachio nuts totaling 1/2 cup
2 clove
2/3 c
extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c
grated parmesan cheese
1/3 c
grated asiago cheese
1 lb
linguine pasta (i like deboles quinoa gf pasta but the gluten free pasta choice is yours)
1 pinch
salt if desired

Directions Step-By-Step

*Pesto is required to be made in a food processor.

In the food processor, add extra virgin olive oil, cheese, and nuts. Process for 1-2 minutes. Then add garlic, basil, and arugula. Process for 2-3 minutes.
Cook pasta according to directions.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Dips, Other Sauces, Spreads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian