Walnut Basil Pesto over Pasta
When I returned from my (amazing) batchelorette party weekend in NYC, I had two surprises waiting for me: a rapidly growing basil plant in my AeroGrow and a brand new VitaMix (or Baby VitaMixie as I’ve been affectionately calling her). We’ve been saving and saving for one, and when we found out last week that an old family friend of Funks is the local VitaMix distributor, he suggested we wait a week to buy our new toy, because there would be a deal to receive a free dry container, to make things like rice flour and chickpea flour. So Funk brought it home when I was away and it was a great gift to return to.
I’m not one for reading directions on appliances, and I know I should so we can use our VitaMix to it’s best ability and not screw it up. But Sunday night I couldn’t wait, so I threw some ingredients into the blender and hoped for the best-o pest-o.
- 1 bunch of fresh basil (I used almost all of what you see above in the pictures)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup Daiya mozzarella “cheese”
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
I blended for a few minutes until it was well combined, slightly smooth and slightly chunky. Meanwhile I boiled some water and steamed cut up sugar snap peas (a whole bag). When those were done, I tossed four servings of dry whole wheat pasta in the boiling water.
When the pasta was cooked, I drained it, drizzled some basil olive oil in it, then added the sugar snap peas and pesto, and mixed to coat the pasta as much as possible.
The fresh basil stole the show. It was so flavorful and I wish I had more to add. Funk was super excited when he learned I used walnuts in the pesto, and high-fived me for “sneaking” healthy fats into our pasta. Seriously, am I marrying my perfect match or what?! I would love a smoother consistency if I make this again – I wonder if soaking the walnuts would help. Does anyone have experience with this?
Since Sunday, we’ve made this pesto and four different smoothies with our precious VitaMixie. Tonight I’m going to try blending up some tortilla soup. Do you have a VM recipe to share?