Monday, September 26, 2011

Pasta with parsley and walnut pesto

Pesto is an Italian sauce made of fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and salt. The word "pesto" originates from the word "pestle" which means ground or pounded. The original method to prepare pesto with marble mortar and wooden pestle.

Pesto is savory sauce for spaghetti or lasagna, gnocchi, or any kind of pasta. Serve it with vegetables or add to vegetable soup. Make traditional pesto without nuts, but it always include basil, garlic and olive oil.

Pesto having many variety, A Peruvian version of pesto uses spinach, different kind’s of nuts and is made with grilled red or green pepper. other kinds of pesto use black olives, mushrooms, as well as lemon peel and coriander leaves or also mint leaves. Pine nuts are costly in Asian markets so many company use walnuts, hazelnut and cashew too. it’s very easily make at home like Indian “chutney” and its very chip too.

For Pesto:

1.      1/2  bunch coriander,
2.      1/2 bunch parsley, 
3.      1/2 bunch basil (just leaves),
4.      2 scallions ( spring onion),
5.      1/2 cup roasted walnuts,
6.      1/4 cup roasted cashew nuts,
7.      5 to 6 cloves garlic,
8.      1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese,
9.      1/4 cup olive oil,
10.  1 tablespoon lemon juice,

For pasta:

1.      3 cups cooked pasta,
2.      4 to 5 pieces sundries tomatoes,
3.      1 tablespoon  olive oil,
4.      Freshly ground pepper,
5.      Salt to taste,


1.     Wash basil, parsley, coriander and spring onion and pick the leaves off of the stems.
2.     In food processor jar add garlic and nuts than grind.
3.     Now add all leaves and olive oil than  grind again.
4.     Add in the grated Parmesan and grind this mixture until it forms a thick, smooth paste.
5.     Add lemon juice and store in refrigerator for about a week, or you can freeze it and it will last for 2 to 3    months.
6.    Put one tablespoon oil in pan than add  sundries  tomatoes and toast.
7.    Add pasta and salt mix well than add one cup pesto and mix well ( Mostly  people serve it over pasta.).
8.    Now add black pepper and garnish with parsley. Serve. 


Neha said...

Lovely recipe Daksha..

Christine's Pantry said...

I love pesto. Nice recipe.

Beth Michelle said...

Pesto is awesome. I just love it and all you can do with it. Your recipe looks great!

Lilla said...

Ciao Daksha! Happy to hear from you! I love pesto genovese and now I have to taste yours :)

Torviewtoronto said...

pasta looks colourful deliciously done

Vibey @ Yumbo McGillicutty said...

That looks gorgeous!

Calogero said...

Walnut pesto? Really interesting :-).

mjskit said...

I have tons of parsley that I have use before it freezes and this is a great idea! Love this pesto!

Jay said...

wow...sounds scrumptiously tasty Daksha..:P
Tasty Appetite

Torviewtoronto said...

hope all is well in your end

kankana said...

Pesto sauce is one of my fav to mix with pasta. Now I feel like having pasta for lunch :)

Daksha said...

Thanks to all my blogger friends and visitors for appreciating this pesto sauce recipe hope u all are try this and like it.

Daksha said...

Hi, I am back after little long break :). Thanks for your wishes, Thank you for visiting the blog and trying out the recipes and writing to me. I hope I’ve answered all your comments/feedback, if in case I’ve missed any, please don’t hesitate to remind me.

Daksha said...

@ Torviewtoronto Ya in my end AAAAAlllll is Well. in Thailand (Bangkok)is effected by heavy flood but we r in safe place thanks so much .

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Nava.K said...

Walnut, coriander, parsley and basil are super perfect into pasta, brings out the herby fragrant and taste, nice one.

Happy When Not Hungry said...

This pasta looks wonderful. Love that walnut pesto too. Yum!

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