I went to the Food Matters expo last year and along with various other discoveries food wise came across pistachio butter. It was so good that I ordered a great big bucket of it the minute I got home. So far, I’ve mainly used it either on toast or in brownies and cookies but last night I had a sudden yearning for pesto pasta but didn’t have any pine nuts so decided to try using the remainder of my pistachio butter.
Be warned – this is a really rich pesto. It is though really good. I used Greek basil, mainly because I had forgotten to water the normal basil in my kitchen so it was looking a little limp and sorry for itself and the Greek basil was outside looking robust and bushy. I didn’t weigh anything so have used the American cup method for quantities, except for the cheese where I used an 80g tub!
1 cup Greek basil (stalks and all)
4 cloves black garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 heaped tablespoon pistachio butter
80g Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
Put all the ingredients in the food processor and blitz for about a minute until smooth.
I’ve spooned the leftovers into an ice cube tray and frozen it.