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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Simple Basil Pesto

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Sorry it's been so long since my last post; school is really starting to get back into full swing mode. That means no time for posting. :( But the school year's half-way over already! Woo hoo! :D

I would've taken pictures of the pesto, however I was to busy gobbling it up to stop and take pics! I promise I will take pictures, though! I made this really yummy pizza last night with pesto instead of tomato sauce. I put green, yellow, and red bell peppers, onions, and chicken with a dash of nutritional yeast on it. Unfortunately it wasn't Paleo, because I used this crust. But it was still one of the best pizzas I've ever had!

This is actually on Udi's gluten-free crust. It was my mom's pizza. And it has cheese

The pesto, however, is Paleo! And easy on the wallet because it uses walnuts instead of pine nuts. It's vegan, too, and you don't even miss the cheese! Bonus!

But beware, it is an unsightly green color. It looks like toxic waste. That is until you mix it with spaghetti or put it on pizza. Then it becomes a bright spring green color. I ate it with rice pasta the other night, but, for a grain-free option, you could use zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. I even found a recipe for sweet potato linguine in this book! I haven't tried the recipe yet, but I really want too.

This is only the second time I've ever had pesto (The first was at the Spaghetti Factory with lobster ravioli. Yum!), but I definitely know it won't be the last!

2 c. packed basil
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 c. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
2 T. nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt   

1. Give the basil a whiz in the food processor until it is roughly chopped.
2. Add the walnuts and blend until the walnuts are pretty fine.
3. While the food processor is on, drizzle the olive oil in slowly.
4. Once it's incorporated into the pesto, add the garlic, nutritional yeast, pepper, and salt.
5. Blend well.
6. Serve with pasta, gnocchi, on pizza, or on top of chicken. No matter what way you serve it, it's delicious!

Inquiry of the Day:

Are you a pesto are tomato sauce person?

I like them both equally, but my favorite sauce to put on top of pasta is this recipe.


  1. That pesto sounds great!
    I am definitely a tomato person =) But I love a good pesto too.
    I saw that recipe for faux marinara and have it bookmarked, but have yet to try it out.

    1. I thought I was a tomato person, too until I tried this pesto. Then I converted. ;) I really, really encourage people to try the faux marina sauce, because it is soooooo good! It basically goes with anything! Thanks for commenting and have a great week! :)

  2. Anonymous1/20/2013

    It sounds deeeelish!
    I think I'm a pesto person:). I used to be afraid of tomatoes when i was really really little, but i am not quite sure why:)!
    Your site is really awesome!!!


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