Walnut pesto

Pasta is one of the easiest things in the world to make, so I do it often. I thought it might be nice to get a little variety in the types of frozen sauces that I have on hand, so after the Italian Sausage sauce I decided to go for a pesto.

For those out there who have never made pesto before, it’s incredibly simple – as long as you have a food processor. We do, and as luck would have it, one of my friends from college had just posted a recipe for walnut pesto on her site. Pesto tends to have only a few ingredients (mostly basil!) and just takes a couple minutes to make, so it’s hard not to recommend trying it!

Walnut pesto

4 cups basil
1 1/2 cups parmesan
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil

Put everything into the food processor and blend it. Tada! You’re done.

If you like to be a bit more America’s Test Kitchen, Sidonie mentions that she tried putting things in the processor in different orders and found that walnuts->basil->garlic->salt->oil->cheese was the best way to go. It should turn out roughly the same as long as everything gets blended together well.

When you’re putting the pesto on pasta, you really don’t need that much. Different people like different amounts though, so add it a bit at a time until you’re satisfied. Keep note of the serving size so you can freeze it in batches just big enough for your household.

The result

This was some pretty tasty pesto. I don’t eat pesto enough to compare it to other pestos that I’ve had, but I’m sure happy I got to eat this one. It definitely turned out better than the last walnut pesto we made (which went well with the meatballs but I’m not sure it would be good by itself). We will definitely make this again.

The freeze

Reheating this is a snap. We froze it in two serving portions so we could just throw a whole container in with two servings of pasta.

Make some pasta, and set aside a small amount (1/2 cup or so) of the pasta water as you drain it. Start heating the pesto up in the same pot you made the pasta in, and when it’s mostly melted throw your noodles back in with it to mix everything together. If you find that it’s coming out a bit sticky, add some of the pasta water back in. Easy!