Pesto is one of those special sauces that you can use in so many ways and when you add walnuts it gives you a whole new depth of flavour. I love pesto with my pasta but I also love it on sandwiches, pizza, added to a salad dressing or soup – you name it, I’ll try it.
I was such a smarty pants this week bragging about my flowering basil and declaring that it’s flowering so that means it’s healthy and happy – ha! This is only my second time growing basil in the garden so I thought I should do a little reading and was I ever surprised to see that the flowering meant it’s going to seed! Time for the garden shears….and some deletions on Facebook, lol.
In my defense, I once had a jade tree that flowered and it was because it was thriving. I guess that rule doesn’t apply to all plants. Lesson learned!
These gorgeous plants came from the farms so they were already big and strong when they hit my garden. I’m going to look pretty silly if I kill these things so I’m keeping a close eye!
Making pesto is so simple. Tossing all your ingredients into the food processor and hitting pulse is easy, right? I love all kinds of pesto but I think this one might be my favourite. I can’t wait to try it on a pasta dish later this week. It’s going to be kind of a wacky dish but I’m pretty sure that’s what you’ve come to expect here.
If you’ve got a ton of herbs growing in your garden and you’re wondering how you’re going to use them all then you need to visit Sue at The View from Great Island. She’s got a super quick and easy method to dry them in the microwave – under a minute. You’ll love it!
Are you making pesto these days? Share your photos with me on Instagram so I can see what you’re up to!
Walnut PestoPrint Recipe
- 1 1⁄2 cups packed basil
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 1⁄3 cup toasted walnuts
- 1⁄4 cup finely grated pecorino
- 1⁄4 cup finely grated parmesan
- 2 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Process basil, oil, walnuts, pecorino, parmesan, tomatoes, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped; season with salt and pepper.
Recipe adapted from saveur.com
If you’re a lover of roasted tomatoes, you’ll love this pesto.
And for fellow seafood lovers, I’ve got a spicy pesto that you don’t want to miss!