the province of Italy where the sea meets the mountains, the palaces and forts proudly remind of an ancient time, and the colourful houses are scattered among lush greenery. The Ligurian cuisine reflects this beauty with a focus on aromatic herbs, such as basil, which forms the base of trofie avvantaggiate (or trofie with pesto, potato, and green beans).
The pesto, a very contentious topic for the genovesi, should consist of genovese basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmigiano, pecorino, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil. Trofie are a type of pasta unique to this region, with a distinct spiral shape that is perfect to catch the pesto. Although you may be able to find them in a shop, making them by hand would be all the more therapeutic and rewarding.
If you'd like the recipe, please check out my feature on Khoollect, here. Enjoy!