top of page

Taste and travel from home.

Pesto as a Process

PESTARE (Ital. verb) to grind or crush

Based on its etymology, pesto is a process. From the Italian verb pestare, we get the words pesto and pestle. Mortars and pestles were among the first tools used to make pesto.

Morter and Pestle

Pesto & You


Once Upon a Pesto is a new way of thinking—pair flavors and textures with creativity and flexibility on a global scale. With this approach, you'll master pesto-making and discover worldly uses for pesto recipes.


Customize pesto with your favorite ingredients. Whether you live dairy free or have a nut allergy, you can make and enjoy pesto. This adaptable sauce also allows you to make the most of regional and seasonal produce. There are many pesto-possibilities!

Pesto & the World


The most common pesto, pesto Genovese, comes from Genoa, a town in northwestern Italy. Its main ingredient is basil because the herb grows abundantly there and pesto is one way to put it to use. This solution is universal—take a local common ingredient and apply the pesto process.


Pesto & Me


Hi! I'm the creator of Once Upon a Pesto. A storyteller at heart, I was born with a passion for creativity, from painting, drawing, and writing to dancing and playing musical instruments. I believe food, like each form of art, is a global language. My mission with Once Upon a Pesto is to ignite your senses, take you around the world through food history and provide recipes you'll love.

How did I become the "Pesto Pro?" After traveling to more than a dozen different countries, experiencing cultures, and expanding my language skills, I was inspired to share that awe and excitement with you. While pesto is most well known for its association with Italy—the country in which I spent most of my time abroad—it's so much more than basil and pine nuts. Through the pesto process, we can travel, learn, cook, and enjoy countless recipes.


Reach out to learn more about my work, inquire about collaboration opportunities, and explore the world of pesto with me.

Thanks for reaching out!

bottom of page