I thought I wouldn’t like it.
I had a somewhat vague recollection of trying Pesto years ago and from what I recalled, it was not a good experience. But since I absolutely love Basil and Garlic, I figured it must have been the Pine Nuts that were the problem.
As I’m sure you know, Pine Nuts are expensive! I wasn’t willing to shell out the dough to give it another whirl when I thought there was a pretty darn good chance I would just be repeating the bad experience I’d remembered! So, when I saw this recipe suggesting that Walnuts be used as a substitute for Pine Nuts, I figured I’d finally give it another go.
I am so glad I did.
2 Cups Basil Leaves, washed and stems removed
3 Garlic Cloves, peeled
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup shredded or grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
What to do:
Place walnuts, garlic cloves and salt in bowl of food processor.
Pulse until finely chopped. Then, add olive oil.
Add cheese and pulse slightly.
Now add basil and pulse a few times again. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Replace cover and finish pulsing until well combined and finely chopped.
Remove to serving bowl and enjoy!
You can spread this on bread like we did tonight, or toss with hot pasta. Either way, I doubt you’ll have any leftovers. We sure didn’t!