Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Walnut Pesto

Pesto is to Italian cooking what coriander chutney is to Indian cooking. It has freshness from the basil, spice from the garlic and texture from the nuts and cheese. Olive oil makes it a perfect emulsion to have in as many ways as you want. Pesto is originally made from pine nuts but I use walnuts in mine, you can use either. Also pesto has pecorino romano in equal proportion to parmesan but I just use Parmesan as I have that on hand. You can use half parmesan and half pecorino if you have both the cheeses. Finally lemon juice - it adds freshness to the pesto and helps keep the bright green color of the pesto. But add it only if you are using the pesto on the same day.

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
3-4 tablespoons walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan 
1 tablespoon lemon juice- if using the pesto the same day
Salt

Place the garlic, basil and salt in a blender. Blend to make a paste. Add the walnuts and cheese and blend while pouring the olive oil slowly in a stream till it is creamy. Serve in a variety of ways - here is one.

19 comments:

Priti said...

Love the colour...look so gud..

Nithu Bala said...

Lovely color..yummy..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Pesto looks gorgeous..Luv the color !!!

divya said...

looks delicious..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

CF, lovely recipe and bookmarked it. I have a question though, how long can I keep this in fridge? I am just wondering as the quantity is a little more than for just one use. Also, please explain the role of lemon juice, is it if i don't use it the same day or other way round?

Sarah Naveen said...

Simply delicious..

Priya said...

Woww thats an interesting pesto, lovely and very catchy..

Sayali said...

Thanks for information abt pesto

Lyndsey said...

It looks so vivid green, I love it! The walnuts sound really good in the pesto, I wish I could have some now!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Yummy and healthy Pesto, will definitely try this one.

Dipika said...

wow lovely...is this the side dish that they give with the italian bread?...if it is...then thanks much was searching for this recipe....
even if its not..I m ready to go for a combo..:)

ahh so glad to follow....

http://cookingwithdipika.blogspot.com/

Kiran said...

Nice and delicious walnut pesto.Lovely pic.

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice color, love all the ingredients gone in there:)

Leena said...

Fantastic pesto! lovely sauce for pasta,Love the green colour...

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

wht a bful color....truly green gourmet

mangocheeks said...

I really like how your introduced the pesto as being what chutney is to Indian cooking. The colour is lovely. I am sure the taste it too.

J said...

lovely colour..perfect sauce for pasta..

Cooking Foodie said...

@ Priya - I kept the pesto in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Just add a very thin layer of olive oil on top. I didnt add lemon for long term as I wasnt going to use it as is... I cooked with it.
@ Dipika - I think the spice mix with oil is Italian seasoning. I havent eaten pesto with bread at restaurants...

veggie belly said...

im loving the walnut idea! delicious!

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