The pesto of Nonna Stella (and how not to do stuff)
‘Il Pesto della Nonna Stella’, recently spotted on Zorra’s ‘Kochtopf’ as well as on ‘Culinaria Italia’ is a paste made from five ingredients – onions, carrots, celery, parsley, basil. If you don’t count the olive oil. Preferably of the highest quality you can find and which is abundant in Nonna Stella’s kitchen, of course. You can watch Nonna, a charming resolute Italian woman making her pesto in this video (or watch below).
As Zorra points out, this pesto is not used like the Pesto Genovese and mixed directly with the pasta, instead, it should be warmed a little in the pan first and then other ingredients can be added, for the sugo or soup. Stored in a jar and sealed with olive oil, it is supposed to keep for 3-4 months.
Hm, interesting side note. Loud noises affect eye sight. Blitzing the vegetables, basil and parsley, I did not see the smoke coming from the mixer. I think I smelled it but thought it was the onion, whch sometimes gives off a sulphurous aroma. The stalks of the parsley had embraced the head of the mixer. I hope it will be okay for the next round – Anna Forno’s Herb Pesto! (#1, #2, #3)