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What else to make pesto when you have no pine nuts or parmiggiano?

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LaurieFairyCake Tue 01-Sep-09 11:49:50

I only have a glut of basil and plenty of olive oil.

Is there anything else I can add?

colditz Tue 01-Sep-09 11:50:47

Oh Gawwwwwwd just buy some. Life's too short to blend pine nuts!

LaurieFairyCake Tue 01-Sep-09 11:51:57

I have to use up these three basil plants - they are bloomin' huge and there's no space on the windowsill.

colditz Tue 01-Sep-09 12:01:27

Ok ... bit of garlic?

wotmum Tue 01-Sep-09 12:03:24

I would be interested in the answer to this too, as DD can't have parmesan or pine nuts due to allergies.....

PinkPussyCat Tue 01-Sep-09 14:49:10

I have used a mixture of sunflower + sesame seeds in the past, seemed tasty enough!

minervaitalica Tue 01-Sep-09 16:56:18

Pesto with no cheese and a bit of garlic is still very nice - so I would not worry too much re: the parmesan. I know some people with allergies blend tofu in it to make it creamy, but I have never tried it.

Alternative additions to pesto can be: walnuts, olives, sundried tomatoes (all or some). You could also put in some cherry tomatoes and saute' the pasta and pesto together.

jamandjerusalem Tue 01-Sep-09 18:12:13

there are brazil nuts in the vegan version I've bought before.

Or you could make a Salsa Verde with basil instead of parsley?

madameDefarge Tue 01-Sep-09 18:16:10

Pecorino cheese is goats cheese, and often used in pesto. For the cows milk allergy sufferers.

meltedmarsbars Tue 01-Sep-09 20:28:34

I make a Carluccio version: using mostly soft herbs, a small amount of "hard" herbs (eg sage, rosemary), olive oil, salt, and toasted hazelnuts chopped up. And parmaggio or pecorino.

Mmedefarge, I thought pecorino was sheeps cheese.

KingRolo Tue 01-Sep-09 20:30:50

You could just go out and buy some pine nuts and parmiggiano?

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