I received a lovely bunch of fresh basil in my CSA delivery this week, so I figured now is the time to attempt my first homemade pesto sauce. I played around with it a bit today and came up with this combination that I absolutely loved.
3 cups fresh basil leaves
2 cups of kale, chopped and stems removed
5 cloves of garlic, oven roasted
1/2 cup of walnuts, oven roasted
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice from half a lemon
Pinch of salt and pepper
1) Peel and smash your garlic cloves. Place them on a cookie sheet and roast them under the oven broiler until browned, about 5-10 minutes. Remove and let cool.
2) Spread your walnuts on a cookie sheet and do the same as you did with the garlic.
3) Throw all your ingredients into a food processor or Vitamix and blend until you reach desired consistency. Some like it chunky while others prefer a very smooth pesto.
We enjoyed this with scallops and red peppers over spaghetti squash for dinner. Delicious!