Since I have received my Magimix by Robot-Coupe 3200 XL Food Processor, I knew I wanted to whip up some pesto in it. It’s a favorite! I chose the larger of the 3 bowls to prepare it because the cilantro is a bit of a wild herb. Everything tucked in nicely and I have to admit, with only a few pulses it does the job. See the pics below. Drizzling the olive oil through the large spout also allows me to gauge the consistency of the pesto quite easily v. my old processor. The machine is powerful yet very quiet. Cleans up perfectly and I love that the larger bowl comes with a larger blade making my job much easier.
We adore pesto but it doesn’t always have to be the classic basil version. I made a similar pesto for a pizza sauce and my kids went wild over it. I mixed it up and thought I would serve this over grilled chicken and whole wheat pasta tonight for dinner. Would be great over pasta or mixed with grilled fish or chicken.
1 cup of fresh cilantro
1/2 cup of baby spinach leaves
3/4 cup of raw almonds (pistachios would work well too)
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
In my new Magimix Food Processor, I added the cilantro, spinach, almonds and garlic to and pulse until it looks like this:
Then add some salt and pepper. Parmesan cheese then place the lid back on and drizzle olive oil through the spout with the machine running until it resembles this:
Give it a taste and adjust the salt and pepper as necessary. Put in a tupperware container until needed. If using over pasta, reserve a bit of the pasta water off to the side. Add the cooked pasta back to the pan with a small bit of the reserved water along with a few tablespoons of the pesto. Add additional pesto until you achieve the amount you wish to have in the dish. Refrigerate or freeze the pesto until needed again. A little goes a long way!