Fratelli Perata Winery

Mama’s Genovese Pesto

This is where it gets serious. In season we use fresh Basil, the leaves only, pulverized for an hour (more, it seems) in Mama’s mortar and pestle. Completely smooth, we add olive oil, garlic cloves, and a small handful of pine nuts and make that into a paste. To serve, we add more olive oil than used in the mortar. The main point is, when basil and olive oil are put in a food processor, it’s not quite the same. In the interest of time, it is probably more sane, however. Whatever strikes you, think of Mama and sip some Charbono.

2 cups fresh basil leaves1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped 1 pound favorite pasta
1/2 cup olive oil1/2 pound of fingerling potatoes, peeled
Small handful of pine nuts1/2 pound green beans, trimmed 
While you work on the pesto bring three pots of water to boil.

While you wait for the water to begin to boil, get out your mortar and pestle and channel Mama. Pulverize the basil until smooth; add in about half of olive oil, the garlic, and the pine nuts. Continue to mash until smooth. Transfer pesto to a bowl and stir in remaining olive oil until smooth.

If you don’t own a traditional mortar and pestle, you are welcome to use a food processor. Put all ingredients into processor and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the olive oil until smooth.

Once the water is boiling:

To the first pot, salt and add in your pasta. Boil pasta to package directions. Drain and place in serving bowl with prepared pesto. Toss to coat the pasta evenly.

To the second pot, salt and add in potatoes. Cook until tender, not baked potato soft, but to where a fork enters easily. Drain and peel skins and then add to pasta.

To the third pot, salt and add in green beans. Cook until tender then run under cold water or dip in cold water to stop their cooking. Drain well and add to pasta.

Toss pasta, potatoes, and green beans all together to coat with pesto. Sprinkle with cheese, serve and enjoy with Charbono.