Basil and Walnut Pesto

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While we were having our family outing, we stopped by Briar Patch in celebration of  “Eat Local”.  The challenge is officially on, for the whole month of August. The challenge for everyone is to buy local ingredients for all of your recipes, snacking only on local fruit, building meals around foods that are available right now and right here. Can you do it?

I also look forward  to visiting our local farms or farmer’s markets for great quality, super fresh, and local food. It’s like having your own personalized grocery store and they add that personal touch. There’s nothing quite like meeting the people in your community who are growing your food.

Here’s a  wonderful and simple recipe you can make with fresh ingredients from your local community grocery store:

Basil and Walnut Pesto


1 bunch fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor or blender. Add the garlic, pulse a few more.

Slowly add the oilve oil in a constant stream while the food processor or blender is on. Stop occasionally to scrap down the sides of processor or blender with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended.

Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Serve on pasta, french bread or with cheese as a soft cheese spread.

Join me! – let’s see who can eat the localest!


As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen

Visit my new Amazon Kitchen Store  for some of my recommeneded appliances, storage and kitchen needs along with some of my favorite cookbooks and aprons to help you with your family meal planning.

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