Thursday, January 18, 2007

Happy Meal!

When Mel was home, she shared this awesome recipe with me! It was the first time I'd ever made pesto (I know, I know) and it was easy, peasy. There was a bit of pesto leftover so I added some cream to it and used it for tonight's supper. I guarantee that this will become a favorite of yours - go ahead, try it!!

Spaghetti with Walnuts and Parsley Pesto

1 lb. spahetti (or enough to feed your family)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 c. Italian parsley leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 - 5 cloves garlic, minced
1 med. cucumber, peeled , seeded and finely chopped
Cook pasta, keep warm.
Toast walnuts in skilled, 3 - 4 minutes until fragrant.
Place parsley, oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cheese in food processor (or small blender container). Pulse until sauce is formed. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer warm pasta to bowl. Add pesto, walnuts and cucumber. Toss lightly to combine. Enjoy!!!
(If you have too much pesto sauce for 1 meal, keep it in the fridge in an airtight container until next time.)


  1. *drool* *drool* Not a good thing to read when a gallie is on a diet.....but it sounds amazing Crystal! I love me some pesto!

  2. Sounds very yummy! I am salivating over here. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I'm glad you are willing to experiment in your kitchen, and try some of your daughter's weird vegetarian dishes. :) I have lots more if you want to try any.

  4. esther1:51 PM

    Wow! I've printed it off and put it on my menu for next week. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Pesto is the best thing in the kitchen!! You can use it for veggies and chicken and fish... So versatile!!

  6. Sounds delish!!! going to have to write it down and give it a try! I have never made pesto either!

  7. Sounds awesome! I should make this!