Simply Pesto

PestoblThis Simply Pesto recipe, made with a few simple and organic ingredients is great whether you want to whip up something quick for dinner — or your having guests over to dine.  Leftover pesto can be used in sandwiches and tastes great on top of grilled fish!  To make this pesto really creamy (and/or for a Vegan option minus the cheese), add in the scooped meat from 1 avocado.

Simply Pesto
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2
  • 2 c. pasta cooked to package instructions (I like to use a Gluten-Free pasta)
  • 2 c. fresh basil
  • ⅓ c. walnuts (or pine nuts)*
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • ¾ c. Parmesan cheese
  • ½ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice (more to taste if you prefer)
  1. Place basil, nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, oil and lemon juice in a blender. Blend well and set aside.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.
  3. When pasta is done, drain and place pasta into a large bowl.
  4. Start by mixing 4 T. pesto into hot pasta. Add in more pesto to taste.
  5. Serve extra pesto on the side.
  6. *You can make this recipe with pine nuts or walnuts. Walnuts are a more economical option that tastes just as fantastic.
This dish is fantastic served with a big salad. You can also serve it as a side dish next to a piece of grilled fish. My family loves it with diced grilled chicken mixed into the pesto pasta. For a GLUTEN-FREE option, prepare this dish using gluten-free brown rice pasta. Also, note that after serving this recipe, you'll have leftover pesto. Serve it the next day with more pasta and/or chicken or fish. Also try my Pesto and Sundried Panini.

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