BASIL WALNUT PESTO
Pesto means “paste” and refers to almost anything you can mash up together with strong aromatic flavors. Our starting point is blending by hand the first 4 ingredients. We add parsley for the flavor, color and it helps the basil go farther, thus less expensive. We finish typically with a rich oily nut, and some Parmesan reggiano cheese and a few red pepper flakes if our meal calls for it.
1 bunch basil, stems removed
- 1/2 bunch Italian parsley leaves
- 1/2 - 1 cup EVOO
- 1 clove garlic, paste
- dash red pepper flakes
- 1/4-1/2 cup nuts (pine nuts, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc) Your choice!
Place basil and parsley in food processor and add oil, garlic and pepper and pulse to combine – final consistency is relative to application; season with sea salt and coriander. Add and blend chopped walnuts to pesto.