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Energetic Italian grannies make their pesto by hand in a marble mortar, adding the basil leaves one by one. The result is the silkiest, smoothest pesto imaginable. Modern granddaughters are more likely to reach for the food processor, and the result is almost as good.
Makes: 1 x 450g jar, enough for pasta for 6-8 people
This recipe was first published in Sun Jun 01 01:00:00 BST 2003.