This pesto is for my husband. After seven
wild ‘n crazy beautiful years I finally made him his favorite pasta sauce of all time and I didn’t add anything snazzy or different to it. I made plain old traditional pesto, just the way he likes it. After all, what are wives for?
Pine nuts are so expensive – reason #1 I always change my pesto recipes to use walnuts or something cheaper. Yeah I said it, I like to buy cheaper foods. But this was for him. So I bought ’em. And toasted ’em. More flavor that way.
Tossed them a bit with my hands, couldn’t find the tongs or a spoon nearby. Using a utensil is recommended but not needed, this is on low heat everyone.
Burnt pine nuts = smelly kitchen minus a few dollars
Start with the pine nuts.
Evoo time. I always feel like I’m adding so much oil (fat) to these kinds of recipes, but they aren’t the same without. Besides olive oil is good fat, it makes your hair and skin looking nice. 🙂 Need some lotion, use some oil.
Then drizzle on your food.
This week I’ve already eaten it twice! First was with orecchiette, ‘little ears pasta’- love this shape, perfect for catching the sauce.
I can find spaghetti in whole wheat and it’s was an equally spectacular second serving with this pesto, you wouldn’t even know the difference.
Glad I listened to Lui and didn’t change anything, I could have ruined it!
Do you like to change up recipes or do you stick to them as if your life depended on it?
I’m a total substituter, just can’t help myself!
basil pine nut pesto
makes about 1 cup
3/4 c. pine nuts
2 1/2 c. basil leaves, packed
2 garlic cloves
3/4- 1c. extra virgin olive oil
3/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1. In a small sauce pan toast the pine nuts on low heat for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Toss in pan to prevent burning.
2. In a food processor, pulse together the pine nuts and garlic until bread crumb texture.
3. Add basil, salt, pepper, and evoo to food processor and pulse until well combined.
4. If freezing, stop here, you’re done. If not, time to add the cheese, again pulse until combined.
5. Taste test for salt and enjoy!