So I decided to attempt to make my own Pesto sauce.  I’ve always liked Pesto sauce, but I’ve had trouble finding ones as good as what I’ve had in Italy.   So I decided to take a crack  at it myself.  I made this with some Italian sausage and spaghetti.

This is the recipe I followed

  • 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (I used a fair bit of salt).
  • A couple Italian sausage browned, and cut up.

I know the walnuts sounds odd, as traditionally pine nuts are used.  However I didn’t have pine nuts, and my food manager (Wife) informs me they’re pretty expensive.  So while watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives some chef mentioned he uses walnuts.  Thus the attempt with walnuts.


1.  Dump ingredients in Food Processor.

2. Turn Food Proccessor on.

3.  Mix in meal, Eat.

I meant to take some photos of the whole ingredients, but alas I forgot.  So this it what it looks like after its been mixed in the food processor.






And this my friends is what dinner looks like.  The sausage has been added in, and I shredded some extra Parmesan cheese on top for good measure.




So in the end it was pretty fantastic.  I was very happy with the way it turned out, and since it doesn’t have to be cooked, the sauce takes approximately 5 minutes to make.  So it aside from maybe cooking the sausage, the Pesto makes for a pretty ideal dinner in when either starving or in a time crunch.

Now that I have the basic Pesto down, I think next time I’ll try some alternates such as Spicy pesto, or rosemary pesto.

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