Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

The basil in our garden is growing like crazy so I’ve been looking for new things to make with it.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

Last night I made a Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto to go with our fish:


Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

And it was awesome!

Like most things I make, there isn’t a traditional recipe to follow.

Pesto is more of an “add more of what you like after you taste it” thing.

The ingredients are simple: Macadamia Nuts, Basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Garlic, and Olive Oil.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

Chop a large handful of basil in a food possessor:

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

I use THIS small mini processor by Viking.

Add the macadamia nuts and chop those with the basil.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture if it isn’t blending well.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

Roughly chop the garlic and add it to the basil/nut mixture.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

Use 1-2 cloves of garlic depending on how much you love garlic. I used three.

Once the basil, macadamia nuts, and garlic are mixed well, add a handful of parmigiano-reggiano.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

Add another tablespoon of olive oil, a little salt, a dash of pepper and blend the mixture together until it forms a gorgeous green paste.

From here add another tablespoon or two or three of olive oil until you have the consistency you want.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

The amount of oil depends on how much basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese you use.

Remember, this is your pesto — taste it and play with it until you say, “Oh, wow… that rocks!”

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

And that is exactly what you’ll say!

So far I’ve eaten this pesto with fish and scallops and I loved it with both.

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

It will be fantastic on chicken, shrimp, pizza, vegetables, in quinoa, mixed with pasta, on a grilled cheese, you name it!

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto is a healthy way to add a ton of flavor to your next meal.

Healthy, easy, and delicious… what’s not to love!

 

Macadamia Nut Basil Pesto
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This pesto is great on fish, scallops, chicken, shrimp, pizza, vegetables, in quinoa, mixed with pasta, on a grilled cheese... you name it!
Ingredients
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Basil
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop a large handful of basil in a food possessor.
  2. Add a handful of macadamia nuts and combine.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture if it isn’t blending well.
  4. Roughly chop the garlic and add it to the basil/nut mixture.
  5. Once the basil, macadamia nuts, and garlic are mixed well, add a handful of parmigiano-reggiano.
  6. Add another tablespoon of olive oil, a little salt, a dash of pepper and blend the mixture together until it forms a gorgeous green paste.
  7. From here add another tablespoon or two or three of olive oil until you have the consistency you want.
  8. The amount of oil depends on how much basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese you use.
  9. Remember, this is your pesto — taste it and play with it until you say, “Oh, wow… that rocks!”

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