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When I went to Cyprus last month I brought with me two bunches of fresh coriander (cilantro) and the bunches in Cyprus are really big.
I used it in salads, I used it in other recipes but still I had too much and as the days passed I didn’t want to see it being wasted, so while it was still fresh I made this pesto using cashews.
To be frank I don’t like pine nuts very much and I’ve used almonds, walnuts and pecans in pestos before, so this time  I decided to use cashews instead and was not disappointed.  I think this is the pesto I like the most, after mint pesto.

Cilantro Pesto with Cashews – Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2

Cups

Cilantro (stems cut)

2

Cloves

Garlic

1/4

Cup

Olive Oil

½

Cup

Cashews

1

Tbsp Wine vinegar

 

1/2 cup

Salt and freshly ground pepperGrated halloumi or graviera cheese (optional)

Directions

1.

Put cashews, garlic and a few tablespoons of olive oil and pulse.

2.

Add the cilantro leaves and pulse adding a few tablespoons of olive oil each time and keep pulsing until you get the right consistency. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Add cheese.

Notes: I usually do not add the cheese when it is fasting period and iff you make a lot and want to freeze it, again do not add the cheese.

You  can put the remaining into small Tupperware bowls and store it in the deep freezer for a long time. Thaw a couple of hours before using and mix in the cheese.


Farfalle with mushrooms and cashews Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

250

Grams

Farfalle

2

Tbsps

Olive oil

4

Button

Mushrooms, sliced

1

Clove

Garlic, finely chopped

1

Sprig

Fresh oregano, finely chopped

1

Sprig

Fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1

Sprig

Fresh thyme, finely chopped

Α

Handful

Cashews, cut

1

Tsp

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 -3

Tbsps

Cilantro pesto

Directions

1.

Boil pasta al dente, according to package instructions, about 20 minutes.

2.

Heat olive oil and sauté garlic and just before it begins to brown add the mushrooms and the fresh herbs and sauté for a few minutes.

3.

Add cashews and sauté for a couple of minutes.

4.

Drain pasta and add, as well as pesto and mix.

5.

Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

6.

Serve while it is still hot.

This is my submission to Poornima, who is hosting this months event Let’s Go Nuts, Cashews, created by Aquadaze.

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Cilantro and Cashews Pesto and Farfalle with Mushrooms

  1. Ο/Η sripriya vidhyashankar λέει:

    wow.. its really fantastic.. thxs for sharing..

    sripriya vidhyashankar’s last blog post..CHEESE PARATHA

  2. Ο/Η Rosa λέει:

    A wonderful combo»you can’t go wrong with pasta, cashews and cilantro! Droolworthy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Ο/Η maria λέει:

    That’s a great way to use up fresh herbs Ivy. Lovely pesto–it has been a long while since I made pesto, I should really think of making some soon.

  4. Ο/Η Angie's Recipes λέει:

    The homemade pesto looks beautiful. Is Cilantro also called Italian Parsley?
    p.s. Ivy, your new backlinks function rocks….:-))

    Angie’s Recipes’s last blog post..Tiger Stripe Swiss Roll / 虎纹瑞士卷

  5. Ο/Η Jude λέει:

    Hello Ivy
    Found your blog through a couple of sites and love it. It’s quickly become a favourite of mine. Shame though, try as I might I cannot get cilantro to grow here…strange!! It’s not just me, my friends have problems too and it’s very rare to be able to buy it either. Never seen it in supermarkets……

  6. Ο/Η Lynda λέει:

    I am happy I have discovered your site through BloggerAid. I love Greek food!

  7. Ο/Η Divya Vikram λέει:

    Love the addition of mushrooms. Will try this recipe with walnuts.

    Divya Vikram’s last blog post..Blueberry Muffins

  8. Ο/Η Aparna λέει:

    I didn’t know you could make pesto with cashews. My daughter and I love pasta and with cashews and cilantro available here in abundance, I shall try this out, Ivy.

  9. Ο/Η Peter λέει:

    The cashews sound like a wonderful substitute in a pesto and the coriander just screams Cyprus!

  10. Ο/Η Jude λέει:

    Such an interesting take on pesto. Other people hate cilantro.. I love it!

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  12. Ο/Η PestoRecipe.org λέει:

    Wonderful, just wonderful :)
    Another variation of pesto. Thanks for this one!
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