When it comes to pasta sauces I cannot think of any I do not enjoy, although pesto is not at the top of my list of favorites. But that was before this.Recently I made an absolutely delicious pesto by accident (kind of) out of herbs I just wanted to use up and the freshest and/or best ingredients possible. The next time I make pesto I’ll be looking for this exact combo.
Basically I used three large handfuls of a fresh mix of :
Watercress, Dill, Basil, Cilantro, Parsley and Sage. Seems like a lot (or an odd lot) as you can just use basil, but this combo really rocked.
Two large garlic cloves (market fresh russion river garlic)
1/3 cup walnuts
½ cup parmesan cheese (I buy a block of Parmissimo Parmigiano Reggiano and roughly grate it myself)
½ cup organic cold-pressed olive oil
Fresh squeezed lemon (to taste)
Hot pepper flakes (to taste)
In a food processor chop the garlic with the herbs. Then add the walnuts and parmesan. Lastly while blade is still running, slowly add the olive oil until everything is finely mixed together (I prefer pesto slightly chunky but oily). Then you can squeeze some lemon, add pepper flakes and salt/*pepper to taste.
Make your favorite pasta according to directions, drain and put back into pot the amount you need. Then add pesto sauce and turn on element to gently heat the sauce with the pasta.
I’ve been making (but not from scratch obviously) my own country pepper spice mix using Tellicherry black peppercorns, chopped onion, garlic, chilli pepper + italian seasoning. It’s fabulous!
I should really bottle and sell this but it’s too much work!