Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Macadamia Nut Pesto

We had my cousin and his girlfriend over for dinner on Sunday, and I asked what they're favorite meal was and they said they loved pesto. I had never made (or even had) pesto before, but my Auntie Sheila had sent me a recipe for pesto previously (she spends a lot of time in Maui and always buys fresh macadamia nut pesto which I never got the chance to try when we were there) So I decided to give it a whirl and it turned out great!!

I don't have a food processor so I just used a blender. If you're using a blender, you need to make this in 2 batches.

2 cups fresh basil
6 medium cloves of garlic chopped
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups macadamia nuts
1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cup parmesan and romano cheese (grated)

Start by chopping the garlic. Then you'll process the basil, garlic, and macadamia nuts together in a food processor (or blender) until finely chopped.

With the machine running, pour in the oil in a thin, steady stream.

Add the cheese and salt and process briefly to combine.

Remove to a bowl and cover until you're ready to use it. Refridgerate if you're not using it right away.

Toss with your favorite pasta (I used fettucini)


1 comment:

  1. That looks super yummy!! I love mac-nuts and pesto (any pasta really) so I'm sure it was good! I like that you paired it with the coconut chicken.. Were they both bold flavors or was one more mild? I feel like they would both make your taste buds buzz haha!! Keep the recipes coming and any tips on staying skinny ;) <3