Basil and Cashew Pesto

Basil and cashew pesto

 

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Basil and cashew pesto

Full of summer fragrance, bright green basil leaves whizzed up in seconds to make this perfumed pesto. Basil and cashew pesto is a wonderful standby to quickly jazz up a pasta dish or toss with steamed veggies or dollop alongside grilled fish or chicken. One of our favourites is as an accompaniment to our minestrone with ham and pesto.

Ideas for basil and cashew pesto

  • mix with sour cream or yogurt for a great dip
  • stir through pasta
  • brush cobs of corn with pesto
  • spread on sandwiches
  • toss through cherry tomatoes
  • on pizza
  • dollop on vegetable soup

Making pesto

Making fresh pesto is an absolute breeze particularly if you have a food processor. Change the herbs to make parsley, coriander or rocket pesto.  Change the nuts to what you have on hand….think pine nuts, peanuts, hazelnuts or toasted almonds.

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basil and cashew pesto in a white oval bowl with a wooden spoon on a marble bench
Yield: 1 cup

Basil and Cashew Pesto

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Full of summer fragrance, bright green basil leaves whizzed up in seconds to make this perfumed pesto. Basil and cashew pesto is a wonderful standby to quickly jazz up a pasta dish or toss with steamed veggies or dollop alongside grilled fish or chicken.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz (50 g) fresh basil leaves - 1 good sized bunch
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 oz (50 g) grated parmesan
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  • place all ingredients into a food processor or blender
  • blitz till garlic and nuts are chopped evenly
  • spoon into a container and refrigerate or freeze - see notes

Notes

  • pesto can be frozen in ice cube trays then stored in ziplock bag in the freezer ready for when you want to add a spoonful or two into soups or pasta

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 70Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 1mgSodium 34mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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