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Pesto Recipes?

Posted by amateur_anna (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 8, 08 at 20:55

Hope everyone is enjoying the rain! I know that my garden is. Basil has been growing wildly, and today I made a quick pesto sauce off of, which involved mixing the following

3 cloves garlic

2 cups fresh basil leaves

3 tablespoons pine nuts (pignolia)

1 dash salt and pepper

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Anyone have any other good variations for pesto? I think I have enough basil to make quite a few batches :)

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RE: Pesto Recipes?

Hi Anna,

My cousin also has basil by the bushel, and her pesto recipe is very similar.

As a variation, she also blends her pesto with low calorie or fat free mayonnaise, which makes a delicious spread for sandwiches.

RE: Pesto Recipes?

  • Posted by mrsig SC Zone 8 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 9, 08 at 8:34

That's a great looking recipe and I look forward to trying it out. I love Pesto.

FWIW - Walnuts are a decent substitute for pine nuts as they are more readily available.

RE: Pesto Recipes?

Yum! I love basil and pesto season! Sometimes I will use sunflowers seeds if I don't have pine nuts.

RE: Pesto Recipes?

  • Posted by mrsig SC Zone 8 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 9, 08 at 9:57

Good idea on the sunflower seeds...

RE: Pesto Recipes?

I love pesto, but I make mine with a twist. I use 1/2 basil and 1/2 mint and add a squeeze of lemon at the end. It is great with either shrimp or chicken in addition to pasta and the mint and lemon make a clean taste you would walk all the way home for.

RE: Pesto Recipes?

Here's a great salad recipe:
1# cooked cheese tortellini or any other pasta
1-15 oz. can artichoke heart quarters
1 C sundried tomatoes
1 C pitted kalamata olives
1/2-3/4C basil pesto
Toss. Add grated parmesan cheese to garnish

RE: Pesto Recipes?

I pretty much always use sunflower seeds unless I see pinenuts on sale.

I make like a three year supply of pesto at a time (once or twice each summer) and freeze it in gallon freezer bags. I smush it flat and about a half an inch thick and lay it on a sheet of cardboard or a small cookie sheet in the freezer til it freezes solid. Once all the produce is processed and froozen you can stand them upright like books on a shelf. To use it just break a corner off inside the bag and work it out the opening. Works much better than freezing in ice cube trays.

RE: Pesto Recipes?

I use almonds as a substitute for pine nuts. I also put in a small yellow tomato which seems to help it from turning green to brown so fast and adds a little color.

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