herbs & nuts

i'm not exactly sure if pesto has to be made with basil & pine nuts to be called pesto but you can really make it with all kinds of other herb & nut combinations and it's equally as amazing. for this recipe i didn't have quite enough spinach so i threw in a little parsley too. one of my favorite vessels for pesto is farro (a nutty italian grain) - try it with pesto and roasted butternut squash! here are two recipes from the photo - pesto farro and a really easy yogurt sauce that's perfect on salmon. enjoy!

Farro with Spinach Pesto

1 cup spinach
1 cup parsley
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted & cooled
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb farro
3 cups chicken broth
in a food processor, combine spinach, parsley, garlic, cheese, lemon and walnuts. pulse a few times and then slowly add oil while running. cook farro with chicken broth and 2 cups of water, simmering for 20 minutes. toss warm farro with desired amount of pesto.

Yogurt & Dill Sauce

1 cup greek yogurt
3 tbs dill, chopped
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
combine all ingredients and serve with baked, grilled or pan fried salmon.


Anonymous said...

This looks lovely, thank you!

Pinos said...

It is not necessary to make pesto with basil and pine nuts - pesto comes from "pestare" (to crush) - everything you do with your mortar and pestle is pesto ;o)

Great photos...