Monday, April 11, 2011

Basil-Walnut Pesto

I have always wanted to try and make pesto. But pine nuts are pretty expensivioso am I right?! But we always have walnuts around so I found this recipe and it is to die for. We ate it with chickpeas, on our sandwiches, over plain whole wheat pasta, with grilled chicken etc... I also froze some for later. I am so looking forward to busting that out and eating more of it :)

 Basil-Walnut Pesto
Servings: 6

  • 2 cups packed basil leaves (approx. 2 oz)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter (optional, I didn't use it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Place basil, olive oil, walnuts, garlic and salt (if using) in food processor.
  2. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add Parmesan and butter (if using) and blend 5-10 seconds more.
  4. Just before serving, add 2 Tbsp of hot pasta water from cooked pasta.
  5. Serve over pasta with bread and salad.
Recipe Source

 Yay, more green food! :)


  1. this food is making me hungry! so good though. hey I am giving you the versatile blogger award. hopefully you haven't already recieved it. it's at my blog. congrats! love all of your posts.


  2. Oh! I love pesto. That homemade recipe sounds so delish. Yum.

  3. nummy! looks absolutely delicious. and pretty too :) <3

  4. yum yum, thanks for sharing ; )


  5. Ooo I'm TOTALLY going to try making this! Yum!
    So jealous you live in Boston!! We want to go there SO bad!