Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PESTO CHANGE-O, Two Pesto Recipes

 Basil, and plenty of it!

Wondering what to do with all that basil in your garden? When the family was here last week and I was looking for a pesto that didn't have tree nuts, I discovered another basil pesto recipe, so today I thought I'd give you both of those that I've used within the past two weeks. They're equally delicious, and it's nice to have something a little different.

Poor Man's Basil Pesto (That is, poor, but not destitute), Recipe:

4 c. basil leaves
1/2 c. walnuts (The Rich Man's Pesto calls for pine nuts. Have you seen the price on those things? The price of walnuts is bad enough!)
3 cloves garlic
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Chop basil leaves. Add chopped walnuts, garlic, EVOO, and parmesan cheese. Pulse in food processor. Some people freeze it; others freeze it without the cheese and add that later after thawing the pesto.

Lemon Basil Pesto Recipe:
(A good alternative for those allergic to tree nuts),

4 c. basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
Juice of one lemon
1 t. lemon zest (Of course I used more!)
Salt & Pepper

Follow instructions for first recipe. There it is. Simple! And another pesto for your arsenal.

Lemon Basil Pesto
and Tinkyada Fettucini

Don't you think that Tinkyada should send me free pasta for all the times I've recommended their brand?? :-)


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Joyce said...

I have a lot of basil so might make some pesto. How long does it keep in the frig?

Unknown said...

I'd go for the 2nd once since there's no nuts in there. I am a bit allergic, and sometimes it's a pain having to check everything.
Enjoy your day!

MadSnapper said...

no basil for me, i can't eat herbs, the taste just makes me ill, if there is basil or oregano on anything, i can taste it ad can't eat it. i can only eat cooked onions not raw. i think my taste buds are really strong and herbs overwhelm me, can't eat peppers either.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Great recipes!! Yes I think they should send you some free pasta!!

Unknown said...

Ooohhh.. I'm making pesto tonight!! And I was SOOO excited because I found pine nuts on sale!!!! Might have to try the lemon basil version.. sounds delicious!

Cranberry Morning said...

Joyce, I have never tried to store pesto in the refrig because we either use it right away or I freeze it. But the [online google search] consensus seems to be 3-4 days, if it's left sealed. Personally, I would use it within a day or two.

Artsy VaVa said...

Sounds wonderful! I love pesto. Pinned to my recipe board. Thanks for the recipe!

Deanna said...

Oh, I'm so happy to see the nut-free recipe. In recent years I've reacted to two or three types of nuts so I'm playing it safe. Now I just need to find some fresh basil since I never got around to planting any.

Chatty Crone said...

That looks delish Judy. You have so many great things to eat there! sandie

Nicole said...

Yum! I love pesto. Those recipes look wonderful!

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing.

Olive said...

I grow basil on the deck but seldom actually use it. I like to look at it. The lemon one sounds lovely.

Ruth Kelly said...

I adore fresh basil. I have never heard of Tinkyada but it must be one of those brands that is only in your neck of the woods.

Yenta Mary said...

LOVE the addition of the lemon!!! :)

RURAL said...

I'm not a nutty kind of person, so nutless recipes are wonderful. Yah!!!

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Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Yum, I do love pesto. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for leaving me a sweet note about the Pasta w/ Spinach, Pine Nuts and Feta post. I hope you like it. I would love for you to stop by and visit again soon. Have a blessed week!

Judy S. said...

I used to get Tinkyada but now much prefer Bionature pasta.....looks like I'm going to have to get some more soap with all those tempting new "flavors"!

Cindy said...

Great recipes!! Tank you so much!

Sweet European Dreams said...

Woohoo! A pesto recipe withOUT the crazy expensive pine nuts! This is a keeper. I also met a chef recently who subs toasted almonds in pesto as well. Thanks for the recipes - "pinning" now. -Diane

Unknown said...

LOVE pesto!! I can't wait to try your lemon version!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

Chatty Crone said...

Got the pesto!


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