Sunday, August 21, 2011

Basil and Tarragon Pesto

Basil and Tarragon Pesto

As much as I hate to admit it, I do refer to Rachael Ray's recipes from time to time (her gumbo recipe isn't half-bad, either). The idea of adding tarragon to pesto is pretty genius. I'm already a tarragon fanatic, but I think it adds a delicate flavor to pesto that's kind of refreshing for summer.

For this recipe, you will need:

  1/4 cup pine nuts
  1 cup basil, 20 leaves
  1/2 cup chopped tarragon leaves (10 to 12 stems)
  handful flat-leaf parsley
  1 lemon, zested
  1 clove garlic
  1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  coarse black pepper
  1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it

Toast pine nuts in a small pan until golden.

Place nuts, basil, tarragon, parsley, lemon zest, garlic, cheese and a little salt and pepper in a food processor. Turn the processor on and stream in the extra-virgin olive oil until thick sauce forms. Serve with pasta, meat, or whatever you like!
Basil and Tarragon Pesto

Basil and Tarragon Pesto

Adapted from Rachael Ray's Three Vegetable Penne Pasta.

22 comments:

The Fancy Teacup said...

I'm not a big fan of Rachel Ray either, but the added tarragon is fantastic. And love that it can be vegetarian, as well.

♥, Jamie
www.TheFancyTeacup.com

Elizabeth said...

This looks delicious! I'm not a big cook so anything I can try is great!

The Girlie Blog said...

What a treat!

Tabitha said...

looks so simple and delicious. Def must try.

Plami said...

This is my idea of a perfect meal! I adore italian food!


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Ana said...

Oh this looks so yummy! I love the flavour of tarragon but I always have a hard time figuring out in what recipes it works best...I definitely need to try this one! :)

K said...

I have no idea who Rachel Ray is (some sort of American?) but that looks fantastic.

K xx

Kitsune-kun said...

wow! looks delis! thanks!

Sarah said...

This sounds amazing. Two of my favorite flavors!

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La Petite Marmoset said...

Omygosh-- the pasta looks so yummy! I need to hire you as my personal chef :)

La Petite Marmoset

Fashion Confessions of a Mommy said...

Looks great. I use her recipes as well.
Daphne.
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RosaLovesDC said...

Delicious! Now I am hungry.

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

Yum. x hivenn

Anna G said...

Oh, I love pesto. It's so yummy with mozzarella and toasted bread.

Tiffany said...

That looks mouth wateringly good!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oo tarragon is so unexpected and sounds delicious!

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guildedsecret. said...

i will bring the wine if you make this............ this look SO MOUTHWATERING!

with love,
guildedsecret

Tasha said...

That pasta looks so delicious!!

stylefyles said...

mm. Yum. Pesto. And I love how you eat tomatoes plain with just some spices (or pesto)! I'm the same way. I love a good raw tomato, sliced with salt and pepper (who doesn't?)

Kristin said...

I SO wish this was on my dinner menu tonight!

Eli said...

I've been dying to learn how to make a pesto sauce for quite some time but too lazy to figure it out when I did remember! I'm saving this and making it soon! YUM!

Noelani said...

Aren't we all closet Rachel Ray fans at some level? I love me some tarragon but often have a hard time finding it. Will definitely be trying this ASAP since pesto is a weekly staple in our house.