Destination Cooking: A Taste of Italy with Chef Noelle

Explore the flavors of Pesto alla Genovese, a classic dish originating from the Liguria region of Italy with Chef Instructor Noelle of our Culinary Arts Kitchen. Discover the perfect pairings of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, buttery pine nuts and aromatic basil leaves used to create this easy recipe that brings the flavors of Italy to your kitchen.

Welcome our signature Culinary Arts Kitchen into your home with the featured recipe:


Makes 1 cup

  • 4 cups packed basil leaves
  • ½ cup freshly grated
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1½ tablespoons toasted
  • pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin
  • olive oil

In a food processor, pulse the basil until coarsely chopped. Add the cheese, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil and process until smooth. If making ahead of time, transfer to a small storage container and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic onto the surface of the pesto to prevent browning.

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