Tuesday, February 22, 2011


We all know pesto is delicious on pasta, but I rarely use it as a sauce. I use it as a condiment more often and as finishing touch in soups, as a pasta topper and sandwich spread. To keep things cheaper, I use walnuts or even sunflower seeds in place of pine nuts in my pesto. I generally toast them, especially if I am using sunflower seeds. If you'd prefer a raw sauce, by all means don't toast them, but I guarantee the pesto won't be as tasty!

One of my favorite ways to use pesto is to smear it on my Chickpea Flatbread and add a bunch of veggies and wrap it up. So good and portable!
Chickpea Flatbread
Walnut Basil Pesto
2 large cloves garlic
1 t garlic salt
¾ c toasted walnuts
1.5 c packed basil
½ c packed spinach
Pinch white pepper
Pinch nutmeg
2 T nutritional yeast
1 T miso
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T olive oil ( optional )

  1. Toast Nuts
  2. In a food processor add the garlic and salt and process until garlic is almost a paste
  3. add the rest of the ingredients except the olive oil
  4. Top with oil if desire 
What are your favorite ways to eat Pesto?


  1. I used to love pesto on pasta...and now put it on salads...sometimes I make it with cilantro or other herbs besides basil leaves, or spinach too. so tasty!

  2. Mm, I love pesto! Can't wait for Spring to plant my basil!

  3. GREAT recipe! Can't wait to try it.

  4. This sounds wonderful. Can't wait to make this..probably in the spring. Not much basil around here. I do have besan, so I'm going to try your flatbread soon! xo

  5. I'm so ready for pesto season when the fresh basil is growing on my back patio...

  6. Mmm, your pesto looks so vibrant! I love pesto on pizza, gives it that extra flavor push.

  7. I love all the different flavours that come with using different nuts for pesto. I like both your ideas of walnut pesto and sunflower seed pesto!

  8. love the idea of adding spinach to the basil (makes it cheaper, unless you grow your own). and on a chickpea wrap, just perfect!

  9. I've been meaning to make your chickpea flatbread. Now I need to make pesto too! Looks great.

  10. Have you ever tried winter pesto? It's definitely worth a go. I use kale, spinach and parsley and it's soo good you wouldn't know there wasn't basil in there.

    Here is the recipe: http://www.handmeafork.com/2011/01/winter-pesto-crostinis.html

  11. Wonderful! I've never been a fan of pesto and I think it's because I don't love pine nuts. A walnut version with nutritional yeast sounds fabulous!

  12. I like mine as on a pizza instead of tomato sauce!

  13. That looks great, and pairing it with the chickpea flatbread for a sandwich sounds awesome.