Friday, September 28, 2018

Pattie’s Fresh Basil and Walnut Pesto

Last week my nephew called and asked if he could have my recipe for pesto. For the first time ever he has a small garden, and decided that he wanted to grow basil and make his own. I sent him this recipe, along with the link to this food processor (a relatively inexpensive, yet reliable machine of slightly smaller capacity), telling him that you must have a food processor in order to make pesto, and, indeed, you do! But, the expenditure, and storage space, is well worth it for something as delicious as this. If there is something that beats fresh pesto in the fall, I’d like to know what it is. I hobbled out into the open portion of my deck this morning (Did I mention that I broke my toe? Yeah.), and gathered up half of the basil. Later on, just before frost, I’ll retrieve the rest so that I can make my final batch of the year.

As I told my nephew, I don’t have a recipe, per se, just toss things together until, as my grandmother used to say, “it looks right.” I did manage to jot down what I do, and here it is. This is so good that I don’t even need pasta, I could eat it right out of the bowl.
There are many ways to get creative with pesto. I will stir it into mayonnaise to use a sandwich topping, put a dollop on top of soup, add some to chicken salad, or blend a healthy amount into softened unsalted butter to then spread on thick slices of French bread topped with grated cheese and run onto the broiler for a minute or two. Heaven! 
Pattie’s Fresh Basil and Walnut Pesto

2 c. packed fresh basil leaves, washed and thoroughly dried*
1/3 c. roughly chopped, toasted walnuts
1 large garlic clove
1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 t. freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ t. kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon Melissa’s Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1/4 - 1/3 cup good olive oil**

Place all ingredients EXCEPT olive oil into the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until thoroughly ground and paste-like. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until it reaches desired consistency. Taste for additional seasoning.

*I use a salad spinner for this
**More or less to reach desired consistency

If pesto is not your thing, this One-Pan 30-Minute Pasta Alfredo is sure to please.

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Marigene said...

That looks like heaven on a plate! Sadly, Howard isn't crazy about basil so I am sort of relegated to using it for lunches for me. Once in a while I can slip it into something without him detecting it.
Have a great weekend.

Linda said...

Thank you for the pesto recipe! The one time I made it I was put off by the price of pine nuts and not sure I liked the flavor anyway. Walnuts! Yes! I love walnuts and basil, so this is a win-win.
No I did not know you broke your toe - oh no! :(

The Lazy Gastronome said...

I love the idea of the walnut instead of pine nuts. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Can't wait to see what you'll bring next week! Have fantastic day!

Miz Helen said...

This looks delicious, so fresh and full of flavor! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday, we have really enjoyed it. Hope you have a great day and come back soon!
Miz Helen