Thursday, June 07, 2007

Presto, it's Pesto!

Jon looooooves pesto. Me, I like it okay, but usually its a little overpowering for me. The garlic, the basil, its a little too much. But I will do ANYTHING for Jon (and I have on more than one occasion). So I tweaked the classic pesto recipe a bit to make it, um, less assuming by adding some more and different kinds of herbs. I am totally going through a herb stage of my life right now. It makes everything seem so much fresher and I don't care what Kermit says - it IS easy being green.
I served this with penne (Presto Penne Pesto?) which I love because its little ridges catch all the sauce. Oh and the verdict on the pesto? Jon loved it, said it was some of the best pesto he's ever had. And me? Oh yeah, I ate an entire serving! (which says a lot for me). We popped open a bottle of Pillar Box (our favorite red!) and ate our pasta while watching So You Think You Can Dance. I call the evening a success.

"Presto It's Pesto" Pesto
1 cup packed cilantro leaves
1 cup packed curly parsley
1 cup packed mint leaves
1 cup packed basil leaves
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/6 cup toasted chopped walnuts
4 cloves garlic
1 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
cooked penne
grated parmesan cheese for garnish

1) In a medium bowl combine herbs, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, walnuts, and garlic.
2) Working in batches, place mixture in food processor and process to a rough paste.
3) With machine running slowly, add olive oil until mixture is smooth.
4) Season with salt and pepper.
5) Place hot penne in bowls and top with pesto. Garnish with grated cheese.


  1. Po loves pesto so much that he should be called Pestpo.

  2. I have never made Pesto, but this looks like a great recipe, I might have to give it a try.

  3. Mext time you make this, will you let me kmow? I'm goimg to stamd outside your balcomy just to smell it.