The best pesto is always homemade. Last week I made this easy parsley walnut pesto and my kids couldn’t get enough of it. We had spent all afternoon at the park and were rushing to get home. Both kids were super hungry and I had about 2 cups of parsley that needed to be used sitting on the counter. I stood there and stared at it for about 5 minutes trying to decide what I can make with it until #1 asked me for pesto and noodles. Traditionally pesto is made with basil but I thought why not give parsley a try?
Drained pasta, mixed in the pesto and dinner was served.
My kids and Hubbs ate this like it was there last meal. It really doesn’t get better or easier than that. It’s always great to find a recipe that is not only fast to make but satisfies the entire family. Pesto is just so versatile in that you can use it on a sandwich, pizza, or pasta. The best part is that you can mix it up however you like by using different herbs or nuts.
- 1½ cup Fresh Parsley (washed) - or large handful
- 1 Garlic clove
- ½ cup Walnuts (about 12-14 walnut halves)
- ¼ cup Sunflower Seeds
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked Pepper
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until desired consistency is reached.
- Mix in hot pasta, use as a sandwich spread, or as a pizza topping.
2)Pesto will keep in airtight container topped with Olive Oil in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
3)Can use ½ cup Walnuts if no sunflower seeds are available. (1/2cup total)