We’re in Liguria this week, home to the Italian Riviera, picturesque towns like Portofino and Camoglia, and the beloved focaccia. Most famous, though, is pesto “alla Genovese”, named after the city of Genoa, the Ligurian capital and Italy’s largest port. It would have been amiss - unthinkable, in fact - if this special pesto did not, therefore, feature on our Ligurian menu, so here it is.
It must be said, pesto alla Genovese is most-often served with trofie, a simple white pasta beloved of Ligurian nonne, or trenette, which is a long pasta not dissimilar to linguine. In recognition that pesto has transcended its humble Genoese roots to become a favourite throughout the human world, we serve this week with freshly- cut tagliatelle, which hail further south from the city of Bologna.
We do, however, indulge the age-old traditions of Genova by serving our pesto with small pieces of boiled potato (this remains ubiquitous in Liguria, if not the rest of the world), as well as crisp fine beans, bringing crunch and enhancing the salubrious quality of homemade pesto. Indeed, pesto should be viewed as a real Ligurian health food: in its simplest form, as enjoyed here, it is made with exceptional Ligurian extra virgin olive oil, produced locally using traditional methods and Taggiasche olives, as well as fresh green basil, pine nuts (naturally high in antioxidants), garlic and, si, a healthy quotient of formaggio (Italy’s hard cheeses, from Pecorino Romano to Parmigiano Reggiano, are high in protein and excellent sources of calcium).
In any case, we hope you’ll enjoy this traditional pesto alla Genovese, served, here, in its purest and most traditional form. Close your eyes and be transported to the veritable port of Genoa.
Durum WHEAT Semola, WHEAT Flour, EGG, Rice Flour
Pesto alla Genovese (70g):
Basil (51%), Olive Oil, Vegetarian Italian Cheese (MILK, Salt, Vegetarian Rennet, EGG Lysozyme), Pine Kernels, Garlic, Salt
Vegetarian Grated Cheese (8g):
MILK, Salt, Vegetarian Rennet, EGG Lysozyme
Calories per serving: 776kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g
Of which saturates 2.6g
Of which sugars 1.2g