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Cooking With Roses: Rose Pesto

Cooking With Roses: Rose Pesto

John Nevado concludes his romantic hors d’oeuvre run with a rosey take on an italian classic.
By John Nevado

Rose Pesto: The Besto Pesto of The Resto!
Rose Pesto: The Besto Pesto of The Resto!

This is my third and final post in a ”triptych” of delicious hors d´oeuvres made with roses as the main ingredient. A scrumptious rose pesto made from rose, basil and cheese. The way it should be. With a twist. Use as appetizer served on hard crackers, or serve Alla Italiana with fresh pasta for a summery romance!

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Cooking with Roses: Rose Pesto

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  • Author: John Nevado
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Rose Pesto: The Besto Pesto of the Resto!


  • 1 whole pot basil leaves (fresh plants sold in gourmet shops in pots)
  • 1 fistful of fresh, crisp, pink organic rose petals (Nevado Roses USDA organic petals!)
  • 2 deciliters (1 healthy cup) parmesan, grated
  • 1 deciliter (half a cup) pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp (1 oz.) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (0.5 oz.) fresh pressed lemon juice
  • salt
  • freshly ground white pepper

Hard Swedish Wasa bread, prefereably rye. Or crackers. Or just eat straight from mixer.


  1. Pick the leaves off the basil plant, and mix basil and rose petals in a food mixer.
  2. Grate the parmesan cheese and add with pine nuts and garlic into the mixer
  3. Mix.
  4. Pour the olive oil into the mixer as you mix.
  5. Mix.
  6. Add lemon juice and pepper to taste

Mount the rose pesto on the hard bread.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
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