Think outside the jar with this delightful lovage and walnut pesto. It’s light and summery and full of flavour.
Lovage And Walnut Pesto
Come on, how many people think that pesto is only made with basil, if you do you won’t be the only one.
So many people only think of pesto as the green jars of basil stuff in the supermarket. Making your own is a breeze and there are lots of different types. This lovage and walnut pesto is one of my favourites.
Pesto is not just about basil
Pesto is such a useful sauce and I make it out of all sorts of herbs and veggies and different types of nuts too. In this recipe I’m using walnuts instead of the pine nuts that are usually associated with pesto.
The walnuts have a good strong flavour that pairs well with lovage which has a strong flavour itself.
When toasting the walnuts break them up a bit first and then toast in a dry pan and don’t let them burn or you will have to start again. You will know when they are ready (about 1 minute) when they turn just golden and that lovely nutty aroma comes off them.
If you haven’t heard of lovage it is a huge leafy herb that has the taste of celery. You can use the young tender leaves in salads and use all other leaves for soup and sauces etc.
It is an easy herb to grow and will come back year after year and survives almost anything, including the harshness of winter life up here on Walton’s Mountain.
This lovage and walnut pesto is simply whizzed up in your food processor. If you want to go the old fashioned and correct (according to the Italians who invented pesto) way use a pestle and mortar and make it by hand.
How to serve this pesto
Serve your lovage and walnut pesto stirred into plain pasta as I have here.
Lovage and walnut pesto goes beautifully with roast chicken, as part of a salad dressing, in sandwiches or as a dip.
How long will this pesto keep
It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in a sealed jar. Just make sure the top of the pesto is covered with a little oil to keep that gorgeously vibrant green colour.
Can you freeze pesto?
Yes you certainly can. Just spoon it into a labelled freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. You can also freeze this pesto in an ice cube tray then pop out the cubes of pesto and freeze them in a bag. This way you have perfect little portions of pesto to add to soups etc whenever you fancy it.
My book – A Passion For Pesto
I love pesto and have even written an Ebook about it. A Passion For Pesto contains lots of valuable information on pest itself plus over 75 recipes for making pesto from everything from herbs to vegetables and even weeds too.
I’ve also included recipes for sweet pestos made from fruits and berries perfect for desserts. Plus there are lots of fun recipes for cooking with pesto.
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LOVAGE AND WALNUT PESTO
- 1 large handful of young fresh lovage leaves
- 2 tbsp walnuts
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tbsp parmesan
- Break up the walnuts and toast them in a dry pan for approximately 1 minute until golden and aromatic
- Allow to cool
- Whizz with all other ingredients in food processor or use pestle and mortar