Pesto

I love pesto, but have never made my own. I had a bunch of basil that needed using up, so I gave it a try. Boy was I glad I did, it tasted so much better than any other pesto I have ever had. There are tons of recipes out there, but this is the first one I came across, so this is what I tried. I’ve never made it before as basil from the store is expensive, and boy howdy those pine nuts are ridiculous. I found them in one store in town and they were $35 a pound. That is way out of my food budget, so in future I will be substituting walnuts or almonds (as I have read that lots of people do). The pesto made a delicious pasta supper, so let’s just hope we get a bunch more basil growing here in the next few weeks so I can make and freeze some for winter.

food, gardening • Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 • 10 Comments »
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10 Responses to “Pesto”

  1. Allison says:

    I am not a fan of pinenuts but I had a lot of Basil to use as well. I found this recipe and LOVED it 🙂 It uses artichoke hearts instead.

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/condiments/a-taste-of-spring-e28093basil-and-artichoke-heart-pesto-without-nuts/

  2. migukui says:

    I make a pretty mean pesto using spinach, walnuts, garlic, onions and parmesan cheese…goes great on homemade toasted baguette slices. Yummmmy!

  3. Petit Filoux says:

    Looks very tasty indeed! I’ve never made my own either, I don’t know why but I just never make the effort! Probably something to do with how expensive it is to buy pinenuts and basil in the shops too!

  4. I LOVE pesto! Ive only discovered it this summer and cant get enough!
    Heather x

  5. Our local supermarket sells basil in pots – I always have one on my kitchen windowsill, where it grows really well. It’s much cheaper than buying cut basil ….. and I frequently brush my fingers over it just to enjoy the smell!!

  6. Mousy Brown says:

    That looks delicious! I am so impressed with your green fingers – I thought you said everything died! Have a good weekend xxx

  7. Jennifer says:

    Mousy Brown, I bought the basil plants when they were nice and full and got a big harvest off of them. I laughed though when I saw the tag as it says you can pretty much do anything with basil as it’s very hardy. I kill basil, every single time I have any, seed or plant. After I harvested some of the leaves, it is looking very peaky indeed. No green fingers here, just some occasional luck 🙂

  8. I love pesto and yours looks fab.
    We always replace pine nuts with walnuts unless by some strange occurance pine nuts are wildly reduced at the supermarket.

  9. Ariel says:

    Stumbled on your blog, and wanted to say that cashews are an excellent substitute for pine nuts. My husband is allergic to pine nuts and I have been using 50/50 walnuts and pine nuts in pesto. The cashews make it wonderfully creamy.

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