Strong Pesto

This dish  is mostly meant to garnish Italian dishes like Lasagna, but it may garnish other dishes like pitas and tortillas, or make a nice addition on top of a sauce, spread, or sandwich, too. It has a strong garlic flavor, so just use a little.


  • 1/8-1/6 cup water
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • basil leaves
  • salt (optional)

To Make:

  1. Purée together the ingredients in a blender. If using crushed basil leaves instead of whole, you can add them to the pan later instead.
  2. Bring items to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  3. Sprinkle with salt (optional).
  4. Continue cooking on medium or low to medium heat for about 2-5 minutes or until sauce thickens/becomes thick.
  5. When sauce is thick, let stand for about 5-10 minutes.

Makes around 2-4  tablespoons, depending on size of the garlic cloves. The bigger the garlic cloves, the more you will have. You could make double, triple, or bigger batches if you need more.

10-10-2013 Lasagna Roll (2)

I used this pesto sauce to decorate/garnish the tops of my lasagna rolls. Of course, it adds a nice flavor, too.


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3 thoughts on “Strong Pesto

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  2. This looks yummy! I have a large obsession with pesto after I made my own for the first time last week (sun-dried tomato + almond – nom!) So I will definitely have to give this a go soon. Thanks 🙂

  3. Jessie

    I hope you like it. I’d like to try sun dried tomato pesto some day, too. I’m not very experienced with pesto yet, but I like it (in small amounts), so far.

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