RECIPE: Looking: Basil Pesto without pine nuts

deanriowaJune 18, 2008

Pine nuts are quite expensive. Does anyone have any recipes using other nuts instead of Pine nuts? I am not a big fan of walnuts or pecans. I do like cashews, peanuts, and almonds.

Is the taste of non pine nut recipes comparable?

I have 15 basil plants growing so I need a recipe.



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Use any recipe substituting almonds. Very similar.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 5:14PM
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I agree with ginger, if you want the closest flavor...but any nut can be used, and they all add their unique flavors to the pesto.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 6:53PM
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Pine nuts have their own flavor.....
just use the same recipe and sub whatever nuts you like for the pignoles...cashews might be good. could skip the nuts alltogether. Your pesto would be olive oil, garlic, basil and parmesan cheese.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 7:34PM
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Last time I made basil pesto I subbed half the quantity of pine nuts with cashew nuts and the flavour was very good. I normally use all pine nuts but as I had a full bag of unsalted cashews I thought to try it. It was cashews also have a good flavour for using in a pesto.

Here's the recipe I took from an Italian TV cooking program:

4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teasp salt
1/2 teasp f.g. pepper
1/2 cup parmesan grated
1/2 cup pine nuts (or 1/4 cup each pine nuts and unsalted cashews)
teasp water

Process in food processor, adding oil slowly until all is creamy.


    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 8:49AM
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