Love At First Bite: Walnut & Basil Pesto

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. 

This recipe comes from my friend Twinks over at Tasty Kitchen.  She was my first friend over at TK, and this is the first recipe I ever tried from that site. 

I am so glad I did.

You’ll need:

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!

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4 Responses to “Love At First Bite: Walnut & Basil Pesto”

  1. August 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Twinks says:

    Thanks for passing the recipe along! That is what good food is for.

  2. August 3rd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Michele says:

    YUM!!! Love Pesto!!! Chrissy and I like Pesto with pasta and Olive Oil and we have added Grilled Chicken to it. I will have to try this recipe. I LOVE Pine Nuts but your right they are expensive. What kind of food processor do you have and do you like it? I need a mini one. I LOVE how you do your photos. Also can I share your blog with other friends???

  3. August 3rd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    admin says:

    Please share with LOTS of people! Blogs are meant to be shared!!! :-)

    You would laugh but my food processor is really the food processor attachment to my 20-plus-year-old Oster blender. I don’t even use the blender anymore, I just keep it for the food processor. It’s only a 2 cup capacity though and so I kept saying I needed a new one. So, my hubby brought home TWO food processors from Costco for me last week. One large capacity one, and one mini, but the mini was still double the capacity of mine (4 cups). So, I had him take back the big one, thinking that the 4 cup one was sufficient, but when I tried it, I really didn’t like how it worked! So he took that one back, too and now am back to using my old standby! I think I like it because it has all the different speeds. I tried to grate zucchini in the new mini one and it turned it to mush where this one will just grate it nicely if I want it that way.

  4. September 20th, 2010 at 10:39 am

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