Saturday, July 13, 2013

Introduce a Little Parsley to Your Pesto

Fresh herbs and produce are arguably some of the most exciting aspects of the summer months. Farmer's markets are open and stocked full of everything from peaches to crisp lettuce, yellow corn and fresh lemonade. Obviously, I love it. Last summer I was obsessed with growing anything I could in an apartment setting. I wasn't totally successful, but this year our apartment has much better access to direct sunlight and I've been able to grow basil, aloe, and mint. Parsley is another herb that I've come to love. Flat-leaf parsley has a very distinct flavor that freshens any dish.

A few weeks ago, my best friends and I got together for a "girl's night" last hurrah before our friend gave birth to her baby (which happened yesterday!). My friend, Kelsey, made the most amazing pot of basil pesto over spaghetti (and was nice enough to cook gluten-free pasta for me)! Ever since then, I've had a serious craving for spaghetti and pesto. So when I saw a recipe in bon appetit magazine that used parsley, instead of basil, as a pesto, I was interested in trying it.

Parsley Pesto with Spaghetti 
Serves 4

1 pound spaghetti
2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
3/4 chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups pasta cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, pulse walnuts in a food processor until smooth. Add parsley, chives, oil, and Parmesan; process until smooth. Season pesto with salt and pepper.

Toss pasta and pesto in a large bowl, adding pasta cooking liquid by 1/4-cupfuls until saucy (because you might not need the full amount). Season with salt and pepper.

Adapted from bon appetit magazine


  1. this looks SO delicious. i have a jar of pesto in the fridge and i've been using it on sandwiches, and now i neeeed to make this for dinner! i really like that you've been growing your own herbs- i live in an apartment and have been thinking of doing the same this summer. it's good to know it'll actually work :) and woot! congrats to your friend!

    xo marlen
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  2. This looks delicious!! Definitely pinning this recipe to make in the near future.

    Thanks girl!

  3. Thanks Kasey :D I hope you like it as much as we did!

  4. Trust me, you want to throw that pesto over pasta asap. (Gosh, say that out loud a few times... "pesto over pasta asap"...) I try to find herbs that can manage with partial sun, things like mint, dill, tarragon, or of course, parsley. I have a basil plant that is doing just fine sitting under a lamp behind my sink, but I know it would do better if I had a southern facing window. But hey, you do what you can do! :D


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