I took my traditional pesto recipe that uses pine nuts and parmesan cheese and with a couple substitutions made this delicious Macadamia Gouda Pesto.
This recipe started with a happy little basil plant that was purchased on my weekly trip to Trader Joe's. This vibrant green plant wanted nothing more than to be stripped of its leaves and gobbled up, but alas, this busy mom of two had not done any proper recipe planning for the week and bought the plant out of impulse. Then, the hungry mom had the idea of making pesto because there really is no better use for fresh basil than homemade pesto, but much to her dismay, her kitchen was lacking both pine nuts and parmesan. What was she to do? Then, in a moment of pure genius when her stomach took control of her brain, she remembered she had macadamia nuts left over from their last vacation to Hawaii as well as a gorgeous hard aged gouda wrapped tightly in the refrigerator. That, my friends, was the moment this mom and lover of food discovered that traditional pesto was no longer her favorite. Macadamia gouda pesto had taken over. The end.
Did you like my story? I know you thought it was a work of fiction, but I promise it was 100% accurate. The lesson I hope you took away from my tale is that you should always be willing to make substitutions based on what you already have on hand and one should always always have a fresh basil plant on hand.
I kid you not. This version of pesto was so good I had to physically stop myself from just eating it. Plain. As in making myself a bowl of pesto for lunch. After I transferred is from bowl to container, I licked it clean. I have no shame in admitting that, and I'm rather sad now that its all gone. Plan on making this sometime this week. You will thank me later.
Macadamia Gouda Pesto
- 3 cups basil (packed )
- 1/2 cup parsley (packed )
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 cup aged gouda (grated)
- 4 small garlic cloves (minced)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- To toast macadamia nuts, heat in small saute pan over medium heat, shaking pan regularly until nuts are golden in color and have an aromatic nutty smell. Take care not to burn. Remove from pan and cool completely.
- Place basil, parsley, toasted macadamia nuts, grated gouda, and minced garlic in food processor and pulse to combine.
- Turn processor on and slowly pour in olive oil and continue mixing until well combined. If needed, scrape sides and mix further.
- Serve immediately.
- Store in refrigerator in air tight container with thin layer of olive oil poured over the surface to keep the pesto's vibrant green color. Will last up to one week. Yields approximately 2 cups.