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04 February 2013

Basil & Cashew Pesto {Recipe}

We’ve had some EXTREME weather lately. This past fortnight has been especially crazy.

It’s been super hot – 46 degrees celcius type of hot.

And humid – dripping, sweaty humidity that is energy sapping.

And rain – torrential, flooding rain.

Today it only about 18 degree celcius and the thick winter quilts came out of storage.

One thing which has loved this weather is my pot of basil. I love growing my own herbs but the one that seems to grow and flourish, without much help from me is my pot of basil.


Basil & Cashew Pesto


It is positively wild right now, so there was only one thing for it.

PESTO!


Basil & Cashew Pesto 2


Pine nuts are super expensive, so I make my pesto a little differently.

Basil & Cashew Pesto
2 cups of fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup of roasted cashew nuts (I used salted)
1 clove of garlic (or 1 tsp. crushed garlic)
1/4 cup of chopped or grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Olive Oil

Place all of these ingredients (except the olive oil) in your food processor and pulse until it’s all blitzed.

Add a little of the olive oil and pulse. Add a little more olive oil and pulse again.

Continue this until you’re happy with the consistency.


Basil & Cashew Pesto 3


Add pesto to spaghetti for a quick mid week meal.

Spread pesto on lightly toasted crusty bread and top with tomato for some delicious bruschetta.

Or add dollops of it to your steak.

Super delicious.

* Can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.



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7 comments:

  1. pesto is one of my favourites...
    Hugz

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  2. Oh yum that looks divine! Our basil hasn't done so well here this year :(

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  3. This looks delicious, a nice alternative to gravy or sauce!! Thank you for linking up your recipe!!

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  4. yum love me some pesto! Must try and grow Basil too...

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  5. I have only made pesto with pine nuts (which I never have on hand) so I am delighted to know that I can use cashews! Thanks so much!

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  6. Yum, what a great, cheaper alternative using the cashew nuts. I've been looking for an easy pesto as we have basil in abundance this summer too. Do you know if it could be freezed?

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  7. Yum, what a great, cheaper alternative using the cashew nuts. I've been looking for an easy pesto as we have basil in abundance this summer too. Do you know if it could be freezed?

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