Oy vey, it’s Thursday and I’m still recovering from Memorial Day Weekend! To be honest, I didn’t do a ton over the last few days, but sometimes doing nothing is almost more exhausting than doing something, am I right?
In between Moscow Mules and naps on the couch I did get the chance to try out a few new foodie things over the long weekend – one of them being this creamy, nutty, summery pesto sauce. I’m a sucker for a good pesto sauce, but felt for those warmer months it needed something to give it a little oomph, ya know? That’s where the avo, pistach and lemon come to save the day. When added into the mix, the three together give it a creamy, tangy, soft richness that unfortunately the basil, pine nuts and evoo just aren’t packing together. (Sorry guys, still love you!) But, but! That’s not even the best part. Obviously I slathered this green goodness over a big bowl of penne but the combo’s don’t stop there. This would be perfect on charcuterie boards, used as a dip with crusty bread (very much yes), served as a cold pasta salad – I’m looking at you BBQ side dishes or even as a spread on sandwiches.
So there you have it – the perfect light, savory and every bit delicious dish for all your summer dinner parties, BBQ’s or even those long-netflix-binge nights on the couch. Peep that recipe below ↓
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves (no stems)
- 1/2 - 1 cup freshly grated parmesan (I used about 5/6 cup, but advise to measure based on desired cheesiness)
- 1/2 - 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (again, I used about 5/6 cup, but measure based on desired creaminess - 1/2 will create a thicker consistency, 1 cup will be creamier, etc.)
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 3 medium garlic cloves
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
- 1 lemon quartered
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine basil and pine nuts in food processor, pulse for 1 min or so
Add garlic cloves to pine nut + basil mixture and continue pulsing until thoroughly combined
Add olive oil while continuing to pulse garlic + basil + pine nut mixture; this will allow you to gage thickness / creaminess of the pesto while everything is blending
Add full avocado and pulse until thoroughly combined
Add pistachio's, parm and s/p - pulsing everything together until desired taste / creaminess is achieved
To finish, squeeze juice from 1/2 - 1 lemon to lift and lighten; add lemon juice to taste
Serve with pasta, crusty bread, charcuterie boards, use as a spread on sandwiches, the possibilities are endless!