Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pesto

Pesto has got to be one of the most versatile spreads in the world. And so easy to personalize. Pesto is just a combination of greens/ herbs, nuts and cheese with a wonderful addition of olive oil.

Here is a wonderfully easy recipe for pesto. Feel free to use any combination of greens/ herbs and nuts. Some good ideas are spinach, basil or even sun-dried tomatoes. And any nuts at all. I like to go with a sharper cheese, and hard cheeses seem to give it a nice texture, but feel free to use a creamy cheese (like goat's).


Pesto

2 cups Herbs/ Greens (I used cilantro)
1/2 cup Cheese (I used Parmesan)
1/2 cup Olive Oil (I used extra virgin)
1/3 cup Nuts (I used walnuts)
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
Salt + Pepper, to taste

Pulse the cilantro and nuts in a mixer. Add garlic and pulse. Pour the oil into the mixer in a constant stream while continuing to pulse. Mix in the cheese and pulse until thoroughly combined. Add salt and pepper at the end.


Use the pesto as is. Mix it with some hot, cooked pasta. Spread it on toast. Use it as a base for pizza. Or eat it by the spoon! Some recipes that use pesto from this blog:

24 comments:

pinksrecipediary said...

I have to admit i have never tried pesto yet but it is surely on my to do list

Priya said...

Flavourful pesto, love it with anything..

JavelinWarrior said...

Love the bowtie pasta. And I love how pesto doesn't require any heat to achieve such a beautiful, flavorful sauce...

Bharathy said...

Happy to hear from you Arundhati, after a long time.
Glad to see you updating silently as well :)
Thanks a bunch for informing about the picture being used by that site. have mailed them, though I have no hopes of any response!
Thanks again :)
Love the simply pesto recipe!
Stay in touch, girl!

Bharathy said...

*simple

mandira said...

I have been away from the blog world for a while. no blogging, no baking. sort of got back to blogging recently.
my mother is alergic to pesto.. so i make pesto sauce with coriander..its probably wrong to call it pesto atall.. but it tastes fine. :)

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I am a great fan of pasta but pesto too sounds interesting. Would surely like to give it a try.

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Jade Wright said...

Looks amazing!! Mmm.. definitely giving this a try.

Amazing, easy-to-follow chicken curry recipe here:

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