Pesto

  • ¼ cup pine nuts, walnuts, or whatever nut you like, pepitas are also nice
  • ¼ cup olive oil, if you need more, use it, if you want a thick sauce texture.
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic

Process in a food processor until smooth. Use on pasta, sandwiches, roasted vegetables, potatoes, and more. Pesto is usually made with basil but you can use any fresh herb as a substitute.

Other possibilities include substituting the nuts and herbs for different cuisines:
• Peanuts or cashews, Thai basil, and a splash of sesame oil for Thai and Asian dishes
• Sage and walnuts for poultry and potato dishes
• Mint and cashew for lamb dishes and Asian
• Cilantro, oregano, Monterey jack or cheddar, and pepitas for Mexican
• Roasted red pepper and arugula – great with a slice of Manchego cheese and crackers

Pesto

Use on pasta, sandwiches, roasted vegetables, potatoes and more. Pesto is usually made with basil but you can use anything that is fresh and ready in the garden as a substitute.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Author Susan Evans, Chrysalis Herbs

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup pine nuts, walnuts, or whatever nut you like, pepitas are also nice
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil if you need more, use it, you want a thick sauce texture.
  • 1 Cups Fresh Basil
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • 2-3 Cloves Fresh Garlic

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Use on pastas, sandwiches, roasted vegetables, potatoes and more. Pesto is usually made with basil but you can use anything that is fresh and ready in the garden as a substitute.
  3. Other possibilities include substituting the nuts and herbs for different cuisines:

    • Peanuts or cashews, Thai basil and a splash of sesame oil for Thai and Asian dishes

    • Sage and walnuts for poultry and potato dishes

    • Mint and cashew for lamb dishes and Asian

    • Cilantro, oregano, Monterey jack or cheddar, and pepitas for Mexican

    • Roasted red pepper and arugula – great with a slice of Manchego cheese and crackers

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