4 Ingredient Basil Walnut Pesto + more Zoodles

Every time I buy a packet of fresh herbs at the grocery store, I tell myself, “I really need to plant an herb garden”. I always get frustrated paying $2-4 dollars for each packet of herbs only to feel rushed to use them the day I buy them since they don’t usually keep for more than a couple of days. The last time I was at Trader Joes, I finally bit the bullet and bought the basil plant for $2.99. I then stopped into Lowes to buy a pot and soil, only after consulting with my husband about whether I needed to transfer the plant to a larger pot, and if I actually needed to buy more soil. I know, I know, stupid questions for some of you more experienced gardeners, but in my defense I really have no experience with gardening!

I am proud to report that I have kept my plant alive for a couple of weeks now. Not only have I kept the plant alive, its grown so much the stems were getting droopy from the weight of the beautiful green leaves. I knew it was time for a batch of pesto. Traditional pesto is made with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and pine nuts. Though I love pine nuts, they are typically very pricey and I don’t usually have them on hand. Walnuts however are generally more easy to obtain and more cost friendly. Not to mention, walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants!

To make the pesto, you’ll need the following: a food processor (could also use a blender), ~2 cups of fresh basil, 2/3 cup walnuts, 2-3 tbsp olive oil and 4 cloves garlic (reduce garlic if you prefer less “spicy” pesto).

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Combine all the ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. Remove from the blender and place into airtight container for storage.

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After making the pesto, I spiralized a few zucchinis to make more Zoodles! I added some organic chicken sausage and sundried tomatoes with a light spray of olive oil in the pan. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until zoodles are softened. Once the zoodles are almost cooked, add a few generous spoonfuls of Basil Walnut pesto, mix well and Voila!

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I served our meal with fresh bread and butter.

pesto-zoodles meal

4 Ingredient Basil Walnut Pesto
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • ⅔ cup walnut
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil--> start with 2 and add 1 more if needed
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic--> reduce to 2 cloves if you prefer less "spicy" taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

 

Talk to us! Have you ever made homemade pesto? What is your favorite way to use pesto?

I love to add fresh pesto to homemade pizza with mozzarella, sundries tomatoes and chicken sausage!

 

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