Friday, September 22, 2006

Presto Pesto

I'd been thinking of the artichoke lemon pesto that I'd seen at Vegan Taste Test.

It comes together in no time and the flavor is outta this world!

As dinner was a late meal this evening I didn't bother to get creative and tweak it on my own so I followed someone else's methods (sorry, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out where I read this, but whoever suggested it, thanks and kudos to you!!) and tossed in a bunch of toasted pine nuts before blending then topped with sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts.

Soooo good! As I'd had a huge salad for lunch this was great all on its own as dinner. I used about a quarter of the pesto I made over 1/2 c. whole wheat bow tie pasta, then added the tomatoes and walnuts.

I think the next time I whip this one up (because oh yes, this will make a return appearance...or two or three) I'll try increasing and then roasting the garlic first. Not that there's anything wrong with the bite the garlic has in it raw (it's really quite yummy!), but I'd like to see what the mellow sweetness of roasted garlic would do in its place.

If you're looking for a fast and different pesto to try out, I totally recommend this one!


Not So Vivacious Vegan said...

Haha! That's so funny. That must have been my blog you read. This is a really really fabulous pesto recipe. I make it every time I make pesto, which lately has been every week (I've got a couple of really big bushes that I'm trying to make the most of before they die in the winter). My freezer is full of pesto!

Don't Get Mad, Get Vegan! said...

Ya know, I was leaning towards you being the one, something told me it was you, but I couldn't find the post again in your blog to confirm it when I posted this so I played it safe. :)

Thanks for ensuring me that I'm not totally losing my mind over here...and I'm so very jealous of your freezer of pesto and basil plants. I really need to get on that herb garden I keep dreaming about. The stores never have the freshest herbs and they're so darn expensive!

Brooke said...

*in best artificial snotty voice* Ummm, that was totally my pesto post you guys are talkin' about! Vivacious Vegan totally blogged about my blog, and now you are blogging about her blog that blogged about my blog. Blog blog bloggety blog. :-)

Hee hee. I like your site, and I hope you get my weird sense of humor in that first paragraph...and I am glad you love that pesto's a good one!

VeganHeartDoc said...

I've never made a vegan pesto pasta, but this looks delicious.

Love your blog -- great pics!

Anonymous said...

LOL! I love Brooke's post above mine. I was laughing out loud at that first paragraph... Blog blog bloggety blog. :-)

Anyhow, thanks for the link to the pesto. I love all pestos and I like your sundried tomato and walnut idea! Looks great!!!!

Don't Get Mad, Get Vegan! said...

vdoc - thank you! and best of luck to you with the marathon number seeking. i admire your determination and have been a fan of your blog for some time! :)

candi - i know, cracked me up, too! and crystal is totally to thank for the ebellishment idea. it was on her blog that i found it. too bad that pic doesn't do justice my swirl of the pesto and placement of the tomatoes and nuts, tho....that one? all mine. :)