On my honeymoon, 20 years ago with my ex, we went to Italy as part of the honeymoon as it was really important for me to have my ex meet my grandmother. My ex and I ended up staying there for 1 week and it was such a magical time for me as I got one on one time with my grandmother. During that time my grandmother taught me many of her recipes, one of which was a “mock pesto dressing”. I had never thought of making pesto any other way than the traditional way with basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil but my nonna taught me several different ways to make pesto and they were all delicious!
This recipe is super easy, basically all your ingredients go in a food processor, I started with parsley, garlic clove, parmesan and lemon zest
added my basil
turn on food processor, in a slow stream add olive oil, here is how this pesto looks in a jar
this is a great recipe for a mock pesto that does not include nuts (making it cheaper to make as well as healthier), my recipe uses the parsley with the basil which gives it a layer of flavors so the nuts are not missed. This recipe for pesto without nuts is great for pastas, it can be used as a salad dressing if mixed with a little more oil, I use it sparingly on green beans and it’s great for any recipe that calls for pesto. Let me know what you think of my recipe!
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum