Saturday 14 July 2012

Walnut Pesto

Summery and flavourful this pesto invokes the fresh flavours of summer and is excellent on fresh homemade pasta! Simple and easy to whip up fast, this pesto is great for a hot summer day where you don't want to be slaving over the stove.

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (the good stuff as you’ll taste it)
1/3 cup roasted walnuts or pine nuts (I toast’em at 350 for a few minutes, watch out they burn easily though!)
3-4 garlic cloves, minced/pressed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1)In a food processor, pulse the basil leaves until they shred considerably
2)Add the toasted nuts as well with about half the oil and pulse
3)Add the garlic as well as the remaining oil and give it another round

***at this point you can freeze it and use it another day*** (I use a dedicated ice cube tray)

4)Before serving add parmesan (some toasted and powdered rosemary would be good too!) and it’s ready to go!

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