Think Fresh: Pesto

I love, love love loooooove pesto. Maybe because I LOVE basil. It’s just one of those goes-with-everything kind of things. A traditional pesto is: basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt, processed together. It is yummy on flatbreads, instead of tomato sauce on pizza, with pasta, coated on fish or chicken, in savory scones, spread on sandwiches etc. Really you can use it as a flavorful and healthy sauce for anything. BUT I have ventured way outside of the traditional recipe this summer and tried so many delicious variations. Here is the formula you need for great and easy pesto: a vegetable + a nut or seed + some olive oil + some seasonings(garlic sea salt etc) = delicious pesto.  I love this because I try hard to eat all the produce in the fridge before it goes bad and sometimes there are just bits and pieces left. Usually they make a great pesto!

Personal favorites include these combinations: green bean pesto with sunflower seeds, carrot ginger pesto with pecans(serve with goat cheese SO good!), pea pesto with hazelnuts, and broccoli pesto.

Heidi from 101 Cookbooks, posted this recipe a while back. It turns out AMAZINGLY. I have used it in a hundred combinations and definitely recommend you give it a try. As an entree with quinoa, it is so healthy and delicious.

Just last week Deb from Smitten Kitchen posted this fabulous recipe:

Tomato almond pesto sounds just about too good to be true.

So there you go. Make some pesto. Add to anything. Enjoy!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kjanzen
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 22:48:30

    mmm, i love pesto, especially homemade. absolutely delicious.

    but it’s Deb’s peach shortbread that i have bookmarked and can’t wait to try…have you seen that post?


  2. figandfennel
    Sep 19, 2010 @ 07:12:41

    I made that peach shortbread!!! It was so ridiculously good. I halved it thankfully because I at 3/4 of the pan. (literally).


  3. kjanzen
    Sep 19, 2010 @ 10:52:42

    mmmm, i can’t wait to try it.
    you are amazing my friend!


  4. Rachel
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 11:24:11

    Darrell & I had our 17th wedding anniversary Saturday so went out to dinner at Camille’s (Downstairs in Bastion Square). And guess what we had for dessert? Lemon Basil Cheesecake !!!! But more surprisingly than that – we both LOVED it! (I say this because I know you’re aware of Darrell’s tastes in food….) It was super creamy although it stood like a New York. Very lemony with wisps of basil throughout. Amazingly delicious. If I thought it wouldn’t spoil, I’d mail you a piece to try:)


    • figandfennel
      Sep 20, 2010 @ 13:08:09

      Happy Anniversary Rach! That sounds so yummy, I may have to try it. My favorite cheesecake around here is avocado lime. Sounds bizarre but so creamy and good!


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