Pine Nut Pesto



Pine nuts are good for the digestive system, kidney energy, and also help relieve coughing with mucus.



Wash the nuts clean, about 1/4 to 1/2 lb. Stir-fry them in a pan until they become a light brown. Remove from heat. When cool, eat them like eating peanuts as a snack.



For about 6 servings of pasta

  • 3 packed cups fresh basil leaves (removed from stems)
  • 2 large cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup packed fresh chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Salt to taste



Combine everything in a blender on low, then medium speed. Thoroughly work everything into a smooth paste. Toss with hot, drained pasta or spoon onto hot gnocchi.

Pesto is a potent green paste and is also rich in protein (nuts and cheese).


From The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen.




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