Here is a recipe for Basil walnut pesto which I had bookmarked long back from Food.com
I needed pesto to make a Mediterranean pizza which I ended up making this past weekend.
Usually pesto is made with pine nuts, but I don't buy much pine nuts and so instead I needed a recipe in which I could use something which I had at home. I found this easy recipe and it came out awesome. I made it using walnuts, which usually are there in my pantry and who can say no to walnuts? They are rich in good fats and very good for you. They come under the category of foods which have good omega fatty acids.
So here is the recipe from Food.com. I made it exactly the same with no changes. It tasted awesome on the Mediterranean pizza, which I will post soon.
You can use a food processor or a blender to make this.
2 cup basil leaves, chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp softened butter (optional, but using it makes it creamy and smooth)
1/2 tsp salt
Blend together the basil leaves, olive oil, walnuts and garlic, till smooth.
Add salt, Parmesan cheese and butter and blend further till smooth, about 10 seconds.
The pesto is ready. Use it in your favorite dishes. For use with pasta, add couple of tbsp of hot pasta water, so that it will blend nicely with the pasta.
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