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November 26, 2008

Basil Walnut Pesto




I have experimented with several types of pesto. A few years ago, I hadn't tasted it. Now, it features quite regularly on our menu. While at one time I thought of it as a mere pasta sauce, I now use it as a salad dressing, as a spread for garlic toast, as a dip. What I love about pesto is how the flavour changes with each ingredient. This walnut pesto is a favourite with small bites of garlic bread.

1 cup Basil Leaves

1/3 cup Walnuts, toasted

4-5 pods Garlic

5 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste



Grind together all the ingredients to a coarse paste. You may pound them in a pestle if you wish. Add the olive oil a little by little to facilitate the grinding.


Store in an airtight container. You could use this in many ways. As a pasta sauce or salad dressing. Check out little bites of toast at my namesake's blog. While you're at it, do check out the blogs of other marathon runners as well: DK , Siri, Srivalli, Ranji, PJ, Curry Leaf, Medha, Priya, Bhawna, Raaji, Ruchii, Kamala, Roopa, Divya Kudua, Rekha, Divya M, Lakshmi, Lakshmi Venkatesh , Sripriya, Viji, Kamalika, DK, and Pavani

8 comments:

Fearless Kitchen said...

Pesto is a great, versatile ingredient. I top pasta with it, of course, but I also use it as a dip and even as a stuffing. Piping a little pesto into hollowed-out cherry tomatoes makes a great and impressive-looking hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.

Arundathi said...

I agree with the comment above - pesto is so versatile and adapts itself really well to most dishes. and it can be baked, cooked or served fresh. quite cool.
love the color of yours and basil pesto's gotta be my favorite!

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Curry Leaf said...

I love this very much.I agree with Fearless Kitchens comment too.Yummy with tomatoes

Srivalli said...

Thats sounds so good raaga..will try it sometime...

sra said...

I've liked only one kind of pesto and I've forgotten what it is and what it contained. ulp!

SMN said...

pesto is a nice combo with pasta..

Deepa said...

Hey, My 7 year old made this himself today, all the way. We had it with Kashi TLC whole grain crackers. Lovely! Would love to see more 1-dish meals here...(but without eggs!). I wouldn't call eating out lazy at all! You need breaks in order to recharge and do things with gusto again. --Deepa