Wednesday, March 7, 2012

#194 Undivided Attention on Pesto

Being a perpetually undecided person, I can go on for long hours deciding what to make or what clothes to buy, or what to order at a restaurant. But then again,
I may pick out something I love in a jiffy or order my favorite entree without a second thought!! Pesto is undoubtedly the best condiment to have around the house when you are hungry, 'undecided' and you want a quick snack or lunch.
A cracker with pesto and cheese is easy to put together just like a simple pasta with pesto. If you have enough time on your hands, a grilled chicken sandwich with pesto, tomato and spinach is incredibly satisfying for lunch or dinner. But all this is possible only if you have the fresh pesto on hand!!
I set out to make this quick pesto with what was available in the pantry... yes, minus the pine nuts. We all want a little change sometimes so grabbed some walnuts, almonds, basil and mint to make a nutty pesto and believe me it turned out sublime--- with a perfume so subtle yet it was loaded with herby goodness.
As you can imagine it was pretty easy to  make pesto as long as you have the preparation(washed and picked herbs) done ahead of time.  Wait until you see what I plan to make with
the pesto in a later post....that is if I have enough leftover to scrape off the bottom of this container! LOL!

Mint leaves- 1/2 cup
Basil leaves- 1 1/2 cup
Garlic- 3 large cloves
Pepper- 1 pinch
Lemon juice- 1Tblspn
Chopped Walnuts- 1/2 cup
Almonds- 1/2 cup
Grated Parmesan Cheese- 2 Tblspn
salt and olive oil as needed

1. Take a blender and grind coarsely the walnuts and almonds together.
2. Now add lemon juice, mint, basil leaves, garlic pepper and salt.
3. Drizzling olive oil blend well until coarse to smooth texture is reached,
4. Add Parmesan cheese and mix well. Store in Refrigerator until ready to use.
5. Can be tossed with cooked pasta, or served with crusty bruschetta.
or serve over grilled chicken or fish....come back to see what I plan on making with this pesto!


  1. that's yummy! I also subsitute the pine nuts for a cheaper nut, usually walnuts but I'll add a handful of almonds next time! I think a good strong olive oil is the most important thing in a good pesto (: and loads of garlic hehe.

  2. Hi Shu Han
    You are right on the spot....without EVOO pesto would never be so delightful. Thnx for dropping by:)

  3. What a great idea for a pesto. Love the contrast of flavours and textures.


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