Top 10 herbs to cook Italian 4 Basil= Basilico

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Basil “is” immediately smell of cooking, reminds us of Mediterranean food,speaks Italian and is usually tied hand in glove to pizza … Its name derives from the greek basileus which means “king grass”.

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But in fact basil also has a herbal valence : in particular, using fresh, is transformed into a very effective natural remedy for many aliments, especially digestive. The best use is to crush in a mortar to break up the cells that contain the essential oil and to release the flavour better.

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This is way pesto is the perfect recipe for basil: Pesto Sauce Crostini

CROSTINI AL PESTO

  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • a handful of pine-nuts
  • Salt,a pinch
  • 36 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 spoonful of pecorino
  • 1 spoonful Parmigiano
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil 100 gr
  • French beans (string beans) Bread

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  1. Boil the French beans very soft and then mince them finely.
  2.  Place the basil into the mortar, add the pine-nuts (which have been first toasted in the oven), a clove of garlic and a pinch of salt.
  3. DSC_4882 Begin to beat these ingredients with the pestle, crushing them against the sides of the mortar, gradually adding the two types of cheese. Pound until the mixture has a nice green colour.
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  5. Then pour it into a bowl, mix with the minced French beans and, mixing continuously, gradually add half a glass of oil.
  6. Continue mixing until you obtain a paste.
  7. Serve on bread slices

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Suggestion : add dried tomatoes and/or boiled potatoes

 

 

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