The most recent issue of Saveur magazine has a beautiful feature on pesto with photos, recipes, and stories of its humble beginnings in Liguria where Laura Schenone notes that it's "more than a sauce, it's an icon of cultural identity." After finishing the article, I got to thinking about my pesto rut. Now don't get me wrong: I make fantastic pesto.
I use lots of garlic, pine nuts, good olive oil, parmesan cheese and a little salt. And of course, lots of fresh basil. But I always rely on this exact formula. It's time to find new pesto inspiration in the garden and farmers market. Because while basil certainly reminds us all of summer and is reliably declicious in pesto and other sauces, there are other herbs and greens that are equally so. It just takes a little discovery.
Try a Recipe:
• Garlic Scape Pesto - Dorie Greenspan
• Cilantro Pesto - Simply Recipes
• Pistachio Mixed Herb Pesto - Alton Brown
• Watercress Pesto - Epicurious
• Garlicky Parsley Pesto Pasta - Saveur
• Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto - Eating Well
Related: Summer Flavor: 10 Ways to Use Pesto (Besides Pasta!)
(Image: diekatrin and thebittenword.com via flickr)