May 12, 2008

Recipe - Pesto sauce


Summary:

Basil has an antioxidant, that helps in anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties.It is also helps as a supplement to treat stress, asthma and diabetes. Source: Wikipedia


For Pesto sauce, basil leaves or parsley leaves can be used. I make pesto sauce with just basil, when basil is available plenty in summer. Basil can be grown outside the kitchen in a pot and can be made fresh whenever desired. I add parsley in months when basil is not as available, like in winters.

I got the non-diary/vegan recipe from my friend, Brianna. She soaks walnuts 6-8 hours or overnight to help with digestibility. The walnuts actually maintain their crunch.

Also without cheese, this works for packed lunch sandwiches where you can add fried tofu, and/or raw veggies. Pesto sauce can be used in sandwiches, pastas and so on...

Ingredients

Pesto sauce with cheese:

  • Basil - 1 cup
  • Garlic - 3 cloves
  • Salt - 3/4 teaspoon
  • Pine nuts/Walnuts - 3 tablespoons
  • Olive oil - 5 tablespoons
  • Black pepper powder- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Parmesan cheese - 1/4 cup grind

Pesto Sauce with out cheese:

  • Basil - 1 cup
  • Garlic - 3 cloves ( can add up to 5 if you can handle it)
  • Olive oil - 5 tablespoons
  • Walnuts/Pine nuts - 3 tablespoons
  • Salt - 3/4 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice - 2 tablespoons (according to taste)

Process:

With Cheese:

Food processor/blend pine nuts/walnuts with garlic, fresh basil (may add parsley in months when basil is not as available). Now add garlic cloves, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper.
Dish out into a clean container. Store it in the refrigerator.

With out cheese:

Food processor/blend soaked walnuts/Pine nuts with garlic, fresh basil (may add parsley in months when basil is not as available). Now add garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper.

Preparation time: 5 - 10 minutes
# Servings 8 - 10





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

For more great pesto recipes, see http://iheartpesto.blogspot.com

Sree said...

Nice. I have a pesto sauce bought from kroger here.Used just once.Good to know how its actually made!
Like the nachos too.hmm should try it on the long weekend.We have guests aswell.

Hope you all r good.
Takecare

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