Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nut-free "pesto" for pasta

I am a huge fan of pesto, but when my daughter was very young, I was wary about using 'real' (pine-nut) pesto on her pasta. I also wasn't sure about the consistency (as it can be grainy).

There are many things that you can substitute in the place of pine nuts, but I just got rid of the pine nuts entirely.

"Real" pesto consists of basil, oil, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. What I do is use a small amount of basil (remove the stems), puree with a tiny bit of olive oil, and then add sour cream and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. I don't have an exact recipe, because I often make just enough for a single serving of pasta, or just enough to store maybe an extra "ice cube" size portion of it. It basically looks like a light green alfredo sauce and it tastes amazing! You can adjust the recipe to whatever consistency is good for your child, and pour right over pasta!


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Katie said...

We are HUGE Pesto fans in our house!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Anonymous said...

Yum! I have to try this one. As a vegetarian with a nut allergy, I miss pesto! Thanks for the tips.

copyscape check said...

Best and awesome post for pasta, i tried and it came out well .

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