This pesto is a condiment I created for the world-famous dish: Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino or spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, and chili. I realized that there was a possibility to turn that dish into a pesto using the mortar and pestle. With just three ingredients, you can have a fantastic, delicious base ready for any quick lunch or dinner.
Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino comes from Naples and its surrounding areas in the region of Campana, even though many other Italian regions have appropriated this genius recipe for their kitchens! We love to make this dish at midnight with friends during the long summer nights. Why? Because it's easy to prepare, has just 3 ingredients readily available, and can be made in just a few minutes.
Hi, my name is Alessandra Lauria, I am a Sicilian pasta maker expert, a dinner party host, and creator and founder of The Pasta Studio - an online (and offline) pasta school. As my roots are Sicilian, I tend to share what’s locally delicious to me. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!
Once I decided to make a pesto out of this recipe, using the mortar and pestle was the obvious choice. It helps break down the chili pepper while perfectly blending with the lemon juice and olive oil.