Mint and pesto is a pairing you’ll want to use again and again

Mint and pesto is a pairing you’ll want to use again and again

A bowl of mint pesto
A bowl of mint pesto – Mariakovaleva/Shutterstock

Pesto has brighter qualities than its rich marinara or Alfredo counterparts. It’s a great choice for a light pasta dish and packs a lot of flavour. Parmesan, garlic, basil, pine nuts, and olive oil come together in what most people think of when they imagine pesto. Basil pesto is a classic pesto that is often served with pasta and other Italian cuisine. It can be used to liven up breakfast eggs, diluted and added to a salad, or even sprinkled on avocado toast. The possibilities of pesto are limitless, especially when you start thinking about other herbs that can be added to the mix.

One such fresh herb to consider adding to your basil pesto is mint. In fact, both mint and basil belong to the Lamiaceae family, known for their fragrant leaves that are often cultivated as herbs. The pairing of the two herbs may not be obvious at first, but their different flavors can blend into each other to give pesto a more herbal flavor.

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How to use mint in pesto

Pasta dish with mint and peas

A dish of pasta with mint and peas – Lucisare/Getty Images

Mint can be described as sharp yet cool, while basil is earthy and delicious. The perfect combination of the two will result in a nutty and refreshing pesto that will give your taste buds something new to enjoy.

The type of mint you use is important, as is the ratio of mint to basil. There are about 25 different types of mint to choose from, but some are found frequently in the kitchen. Mint is a popular classic, and is worth considering when making mint and basil pesto. Its uncomplicated flavor makes it a versatile mint – used for salads, lemonades and meats alike. On the other hand, spearmint (another type of common mint) is much stronger, making it good for tea and peppermint oil. The mint you are likely to avoid is chocolate mint. As its name suggests, it tastes like mint chocolate, so it’s perfect for chocolate desserts.

Don’t be afraid that your mint pesto will taste like toothpaste. Mint pesto, with just mint and spearmint, is one of the many pesto varieties in Italy and is often added to grilled meats and fish. When combined with basil, your mint pesto will be less minty, so don’t worry. The one-to-one ratio of mint to basil is ideal for those who want to place the mint near the front (its sharp flavors will overpower the basil a bit). With a one-to-two ratio of mint to basil, the mint will still cut through the flavor of the basil and the pesto will taste more balanced. Mint and basil pesto can replace basil pesto in any dish to add fresh, unexpected flavors.

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