A delicious pesto with an exquisite Mediterranean taste, rich in ingredients, first of all the famous colatura di alici, to which are added anchovy fillets that give the pesto a unique and characteristic flavour, the ever-present scent of basil that reminds you of summer, capers, olives, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts, parsley and garlic.
Cetarese Pesto is a simple and very tasty condiment for excellent pasta dishes or for alternative bruschettas, for an explosion of flavours from Cetara.
Basil, parsley, garlic, capers, almonds, pine nuts, walnuts (nuts), black olives, anchovy fillets, colatura di alici, olive oil.
Cetara has made headlines as the "gastronomic village par excellence" thanks to the anchovy and its sauce.
The success of colatura di alici and the simplicity of spaghetti seasoned with this old-fashioned sauce captured the imagination and flair of the people of Cetara, and pesto alla cetarese was born.
The Cetaresi families offer many variations, some add lemon zest, others oregano and some even dried figs.
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History and tradition of pesto alla Cetarese
Pesto alla Cetarese is a typical condiment of Campania cuisine, originating from the small fishing village of Cetara on the Amalfi Coast. Its history dates back to the 13th century, when fishermen used the remains of fish to prepare a condiment made with almonds, walnuts, capers, pine nuts, garlic, oil and salt. Today, pesto alla Cetarese is one of the symbols of the region's culinary tradition, appreciated for its intense flavour and its versatility in cooking.
Creative recipes with pesto alla Cetarese
Pesto alla Cetarese is a very versatile condiment that can be used in many creative recipes. Thanks to its intense and strong flavour, it can be used to enrich pasta dishes such as the classic trofie with pesto. But the possibilities don't end there: Cetarese Pesto is also perfect for flavouring delicious bruschetta, topping pizzas or accompanying bread croutons. It can also be used as an ingredient in delicious fish dishes, such as a tasty seafood risotto. Experimenting with new recipes with Cetarese Pesto is the ideal way to surprise your guests with authentic and genuine flavours.
Nutritional properties of Cetarese-style pesto
Cetarese Pesto is not only delicious, it is also a condiment rich in nutritional properties.
- Due to its high basil content, Cetarese pesto is a source of vitamin K, a nutrient that aids blood clotting and promotes healthy bones.
- Olive oil, one of the main ingredients in Cetarese pesto, contains monounsaturated fatty acids, which help reduce bad cholesterol and keep the heart healthy.
- Garlic, used in the preparation of Cetarese pesto, is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which help to boost the immune system and prevent disease.
- Anchovy fillets are rich in omega-3, which helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
In short, enjoying Cetarese pesto is not only an excellent culinary experience, but also a good choice for your health.