This is a wonderful recipe, although I have to add some pine nuts, in memory of my Italian father, who introduced them to me. For the person who added this pesto to her gnocchi, in the region around Genoa, pesto is very prized and prevalent and I was surprised to learn that they add small potatoes to the gnocchi with pesto. Delicioso!
Oh, yum! Great flavor. I also substituted half with spinach as the basil I grew this year is very potent and I wanted a milder flavor. I also toasted my walnuts first. Delicious and easy! I just threw everything in the food processor (except that I grated in the garlic) with a bit of cracked pepper and blended until smooth. Perfect.
AWESOME! this is so yummy! using walnuts instead of pine nuts made this recipe so much more affordable! i toasted the walnuts ahead of time, but otherwise stuck with the recipe and loved it! . thank you!!!
My fiance is allergic to pine nuts, but I cannot imagine life without ever making pesto, so I was happy to find this recipe. The pesto was great. I used it for a sun-dried tomato pesto pasta recipe that I've made before... is was just so-so because it needed more tomatoes, but the pesto sauce was very good. Thanks for a great recipe.
This was a great recipe - pine nuts are so expensive so it was great to have the recipe using walnuts instead. I think I will leave out the butter next time - not sure it added anything - but other than that, it was so delicious!! I served it tossed with whole wheat linguine. Yummy...
We had a TON of basil this year so I decided to try making pesto. I chose this recipe since we had walnuts and I didn't want to go out and buy pinenuts. I just finished making this pesto and its sooooo good. I had it on top of toasted bread and it was yummy. Tomorrow i'm going to add it to some pasta for dinner. Great recipe! Fast and easy too!
This is excellent! My 2 and 3 year old kids just GOBBLED it up on spiral pasta, served with sauteed chicken breast chunks (EVOO, sliced garlic, seasoning salt) on top. With that and sourdough bread and a green salad, it made a wonderful, healthy meal. Thanks so much for this!!
This is the best pesto! I have used this recipe many times, sometimes I use asiago cheese and it's fabulous. I make double batches and freeze in (plastic wrap lined) ice cube trays to be sure we always have some on hand. Hubby and kiddos add it to store bought spaghetti sauce, spread it on their home made bruchetta, english muffin pizzas and anything else that sounds good to them. Thank you Dahlia, your recipe is a real winner!
Wow! This pesto is awesome. I used 2.5 packed cups of basil from the garden and I omitted the butter. I chopped everything up before I ran it through the blender. It was like a thick, firm paste, which I was not familiar with from my experience with storebought pesto. I tossed it with hot wholewheat spaghetti and threw in some steamed broccoli. It tasted perfect. Even my food buddy, who doesn't like pesto, said he would be willing to eat it again within the month(that's saying alot). Great recipe for those who don't want to spend lots of $ on pine nuts.