Are you a fan of pesto but don’t have any pine nuts on hand? No worries! In this article, I’ll share a simple and delicious pesto recipe that doesn’t require pine nuts. Plus, it’s so easy to make in your blender or food processor. Let’s get started!
- Fresh basil leaves
- Garlic cloves
- Parmesan cheese (grated or in chunks)
- Cashews (or walnuts, blanched almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds as alternatives to pine nuts)
- Extra virgin olive oil
Making Pesto without Pine Nuts
Using your blender, start by adding fresh basil leaves and cloves of garlic. Feel free to add more garlic if you prefer an extra garlicky taste. Next, throw in your preferred choice of nuts or seeds instead of pine nuts. In this recipe, we’ll be using cashews.
To bring everything together, pour in the extra virgin olive oil directly into the blender. When you turn it on, all the ingredients will blend into a rich green sauce, ready to be used in various recipes.
Storing and Using Pesto
Once your pesto is ready, you can store it in a jar for up to a week in the fridge. If you have an abundance of basil from your garden, consider freezing it in smaller portions using ice cube trays. This way, you can grab just the right amount you need for your recipes, preventing any waste.
Pesto is incredibly versatile and adds a burst of flavor to many dishes. You can use it in pasta, sandwiches, salads, and even as a dip. With this delicious homemade pesto, the possibilities are endless!
For more recipe ideas and inspiration, check out the link below. And if you want to see how I use this pesto in one of my favorite recipes, watch the video in the next section. Enjoy!
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