Caitlin made this amazing Pesto tonight and since I’ve never made Pesto, I asked her to write down the recipe. She said she makes it a lot and always tweaks the recipe based on what she has on hand. The price of pine nuts has always scared me away from making Pesto, so I’m delighted that you can use any nuts! This one was a doozy – thanks for sharing it!
1 handful of basil
1 handful of cilantro
4 cloves fresh garlic
1 cup mixed nuts – any nuts
1/2 to 1 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup parmesan
big pinch of salt
lots of freshly ground black pepper
Pour all in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until you get a consistency you like. Add more salt to taste.
Put on everything and enjoy! (We had it on “Some Enchanted Crackers” from Trader Joe’s which has somehow morphed into “Magic Crackers.” They’re good and the Pesto is delish!)
Ali made a batch right after Caitlin to use up odds and ends in the fridge, and promised me his recipe, too. I’ll add his recipe here and you can try both.