Mixed Herb Pesto

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While Valli’s post came up for the Blogging Marathon #86 went up, though selecting Scandinavian Cuisine wasn’t tough, the second option really did play around with me. In fact, I had even decided to skip this edition. But then thinking that next month is the mega marathon and after that Ramadan would start (already? :O ) I didn’t want to give too much of a break, so I decided to take up “Italian Sauces You Need to Know”. And I am glad, I somehow pushed myself through to making them and getting the posts ready in time. 😀

 

The first one I chose to make was a pesto. A pesto is an aromatic green sauce which is a blend of basil and pine nuts, at times walnuts too. I did an instant pesto pizza sometime back and posted a version there. This time, I was thinking how would I want to do it. That is when the mixed herbs stared back at me while I opened the fridge. The idea stuck, why not a mixed herbs one! I had bought all the herbs for a different purpose, alas it didn’t happen – a situation that we food bloggers always jump into! Since herbs wait for none, I had to use it up and this theme helped me with it.

 

The quantity I made is very little. I feel pesto is best used immediately. I have found that as it sits, the color changes. I dabbed the whole pesto on some chicken and seared them in butter for HD. He totally enjoyed them. You can even toss them up with your vegetables like potatoes, squash or carrots and roast them in the oven to have it just like that or for even making soup! I am giving you ideas… 😉 Off to the recipe…

 

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5 from 6 votes

Mixed Herb Pesto

Course Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 1 cup loosely packed mixed herbs I used majority parsley and coriander, and little dill and mint
  • 12 walnuts soaked and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • A dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
  • Use as soon as possible.

 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page to see what the other Blogging Marathoners are doing this BM#86

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  1. I agree if the pesto sits the color changes..you need it very fresh..though adding a little extra olive oil helps..the pesto here looks nice and pretty.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali…

  2. wow! this looks great! can I have it?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  3. Love this beautiful looking pesto!! So refreshing..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Pankti…

  4. 5 stars
    Beautiful clicks Rafee… I love this flavors of peasto..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sharmila…

  5. I love pesto sauce, looks so inviting Rafeeda..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Valli…

  6. 5 stars
    This pesto is so refreshing. Loved the color.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Renu…

  7. 5 stars
    I agree that pesto tastes best when fresh. Interesting use of mixed herbs in the pesto.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Harini…

  8. Such a vibrant green, aromatic pesto there dear.Love pesto with walnuts though I happen to experiment and try to add different nuts everytime, walnuts always has its place.Rafee agree with you I love the pesto fresh too and even my green chutney’s i love to have them fresh ..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I also seem to like walnuts more than pine nuts or any other nuts in pesto! Hehe… Fresh is always the best! Thank you so much Manjula…

  9. 5 stars
    Yes, adding some extra olive oil helps in retaining some of the color. I love pesto as it is very versatile and can use it way too may ways.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Usha…

  10. Your pesto looks vibrant and delicious Rafeeda. Love the use of mixed herbs in there. I’ve never tried this version, will give this a try some time.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  11. Pesto is such a flavourful sauce. By combining herbs you have made it super rich in flavour. Even I prefer making smaller batches as it is easy to finish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gayathri…

  12. 5 stars
    Using mixed herbs to make the pesto is a nice idea. Love the fresh flavors of herbs and I feel it’s so soothing to make the pesto with fresh ingredients.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana…

  13. I never tried mixed herbs in pesto, after reading yours am tempted. And can guess the aroma of this pesto Sis. Well done. Green pesto rocks.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyakka….

  14. I have never made pesto, this looks so tempting. Bookmarked

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sushma…

  15. Basil seems very strong to me. This mixed bunch of herbs seems to be a great substitute for it in pesto.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Suma…

  16. I too make pesto in a similar way. No parmesan and no pinenuts – almonds and walnuts are my favourite nuts to use in pesto.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jyoti…

  17. HI,
    Pesto sauce looks yummy and inviting
    will try it out
    Best Wishes

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Rujuta…

  18. 5 stars
    what a nutty pesto with so much nuts but I love the vibrant color

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mir…

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