Walnut Pesto

>> Wednesday, August 5, 2009

So as of last week I had never made pesto before. Straight up, I was scared. I was scared of the food processor. I mean how can anything that moves that fast be okay? I feel like once you turn it on you're done, there's no turning back, once it's in the processor it shall be fused together and become one forever -- whether you like it or not...

Acknowledging this fear, and being pushed by my desire for some delicious pesto, I decided to make some walnut pesto, using the food processor.

Ingredients (approximates of course, makes about 1 1/2 - 2 cups)

  • 2 cups basil

  • 1/2 cup walnuts (more if you like a nutter pesto)

  • 2-3 garlic cloves

  • 2/3 cup shredded parmesean cheese

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (approximately 1/3 cup)

  • Salt (to taste)


Ok not kidding this couldn't be easier. Basically you coarsely chop the walnuts and the garlic.

Then, you throw the basil, walnuts, garlic, parmesean and salt in the food processor. This may be the ONLY hard part, once the food processor is turned on, through the top SLOWLY start to add in the olive oil.

Overall, this process should take a minute, maybe a minute in a half.

Once its over you are left with delicious and nutritious walnut basil pesto. Slather this on a tortilla with some mozzarella cheese and there you go - pesto pizza (more on that later...)


annie August 5, 2009 at 9:47 PM  

I accidentaly emailed you my comment woops! Just wanted to say how impressed I am with making your own pesto! How was it compared to store-bought pesto?

Renee Barone August 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM  

A couple of things about making your own pesto. 1) Cost wise it's very close to store bought pesto, but I personally feel like the flavors are so much better by making your own. You control the garlic, the parmesean etc. 2) It's so much better for your body since there are no preservatives (if you buy everything organic like I try too...) in the pesto. This will make it spoil quicker, but that just makes me create new recipes to use it.

Overall making your own pesto is easy and healthier than store bought. This recipe is a keep in my book :)


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