• Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 5 min
  • Serving: Makes 1/2 cup

Pistou is a cold sauce, similar to pesto, which is made from a blend of garlic, fresh basil and olive oil. Toss with hot pasta or dollop onto soups and stews for added flavor.


  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 chubby cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Place the fresh basil and the garlic into a food processor. With the processor’s motor running, slowly pour the olive oil down the processor flute and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer the sauce to a bowl, add the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.


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