Pesto Pasta

Another yummy recipe out of Kelli & Peter Bronski’s Gluten-Free cookbook. I love pesto and usually make it with pine nuts but this recipe uses walnuts which is a new twist for me and makes it kinda fun. I’m planning on starting a herb garden this year so I want to add more recipes that utilize fresh herbs from my garden. I have to admit I haven’t tried this yet, however, I’m adding it to my collection as I want to try it soon! (plus you can’t really go wrong with pesto)

  • 1 & 1/4 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • add to any kind of pasta – use gluten-free if you would like a healthier version
  1. Puree the basil, olive oil, walnuts, parmesan, garlic, and salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain.
  3. Toss the hot pasta with pesto in a large bowl and serve.

Note:  you can heat the pesto in a pot on the stove, but be careful – too much heat is evil for pesto (the cheese in the pesto sauce sticks to the pan).

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