I was going to make a big batch of marinara sauce yesterday with a bunch of my patio garden tomatoes, but the squirrels beat me to them. They’re crazy over tomatoes, and they’re crafty as hell about getting them, despite my efforts to strategically place decoys (i.e., a bowl, now empty, of sunflower seeds)! I’ll have to work out a Plan B for the rest of the tomato plants.
Anyway, thankfully squirrels aren’t keen on basil, parsley, mint and cilantro; and, I love pesto. So, pesto it was. Instead of using just basil, I mixed it up with all these herbs from my garden. Since it’s vegan and without parmesan, it needed something more to give it a big flavor burst. A lot of vegan pesto recipes include nutritional yeast, but I didn’t have that. Maybe next time I’ll add it, and use just one or two herbs. But this recipe was really delicious, and I’ll definitely make it again.
2 c fresh basil
1 c fresh Italian parsley
1/2 c each fresh cilantro and mint
1/2 c pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
Himalayan pink salt, to taste
Combine the fresh herbs, nuts, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor or Vitamix and process the mixture until it turns into a coarse meal. (If using a Vitamix, as I did, you’ll have to add some of the olive oil at the beginning, too. Otherwise, it’s too dry.)
Slowly add the remaining olive oil in a steady drizzle, processing until it becomes a smooth, light paste. Season with Himalayan pink salt, to taste.
Mix desired amount into your whole-wheat cooked and drained spaghetti or linguini. Add a little more pesto on top.