Friday

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.

2 comments:

Anna 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...