Pasta. It’s the Italian word for ‘HEAVEN’.
Ok, I totally made that up. NUTELLA is the correct Italian word for HEAVEN.
Now that we’ve set the record straight, let me tell you about this divine recipe on home-made pesto. Traditional Pesto recipes call for pine nuts. But have you seen how much pine nuts cost??
$7.80 for an 8 oz. bag — and that’s considered a deal. Uhh, how will I be paying for that? Move over, cash or credit, how about an arm or a leg?? Too much for my vegetarian soul.
Well folks, I can happily report I found a solution. I ran out of pine nuts (yes, paid an arm & leg and am limping a little…), already had a pot of pasta boiling away with basil & garlic in the food processor. Uh oh, what to do? Don’t panic, woman, I told myself…and my eyes settled on an oblivous pack of sliced almonds.
The pesto turned out great! It was nutty, herbal, garlicky perfection. It also worked wonderfully as a spread on sandwiches, crackers, and even toast. You can add it on any pasta to make a pasta salad for lunch or as a quick & filling hot dinner.
Pine nuts, you shall haunt me no more in the grocery aisle.