Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Basil and Walnut Pesto

A really simple, flavorful pesto made with the freshest of ingredients. That would mean the best olive oil you can afford, and fresher than fresh basil leaves. If you want it really rustic, you need to chop up the basil and walnuts with a mezzaluna. But if you're lazy like me, a blender will do as well. The original recipe calls for pine nuts, but we don't get those around here.
basil, walnut pesto
This one's dedicated to my new celeb crush - David Rocco. <3

Basil and Walnut Pesto
  • 2-3 cups of basil
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
To make:
  • Chop up/Blend the basil, walnuts and garlic till they are still a bit chunky.
  • Add the salt and olive oil over the mixture.
  • Mix well.
And to put the pesto to good use, here's a pasta recipe.


Vicki Wilde said...

I love walnuts in pesto! I think they add so much more flavor than pine nuts, but maybe that's just me!

Bombay Foodie said...

You do get pine nuts here. Try at one of the Raman Vithal stores. Hypercity has them too!

Tiffany said...

hahaha! I love that you dedicated this to your celeb crush! :D

Kathy said...

This looks great. I will have to try walnuts. I do not like pine nuts very much so when I make pesto, I usually add a few just for a little texture. I bet walnuts are delicious in pesto!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Nice celeb crush.... What a great pesto...I could find many uses for this.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I need to try your recipe when my basil is growing like crazy in the garden...I bet I'll love it with walnuts!

Raw_Girl said...

@Wilde in the kitchen: I've never had pine nuts so have nothing to compare against. Good to know I am not missing much :)

@Lizzy - where do you get basil seeds? I want to grow my own too. I dont trust these guys at Natures basket to keep me perenially supplied with basil..

@Simran: Thanks. I havent tried hypercity...Usually just rely on natures basket and they dont have it....

Patricia said...

Looks delish I would imagine it would be so fragrant too. Great recipe!

Jason Phelps said...

Definitely a pleaser.

We found that putting a small amount in each of the wells of a mini muffin pan and freezing it made it easy to have usable portions of pesto around all year!


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