Am I the only one who thought pesto could only be made with basil? I had no IDEA you could make it with parsley! And I thought you needed pine nuts. What? You can make it without pine nuts? Ok, maybe this was a revelation only to me. But anyway, the discovery of parsley pesto made me very happy. Here’s why: 1) I love pesto. 2) Basil is expensive, especially when buying copious amounts for pesto. 3) Pine nuts. Also expensive. 4) I’m always throwing away bunches of parsley when I buy it for a recipe and use exactly one smidgen (yes, that’s a measurement) of it. So now I know how to use all of that parsley! Hooray! (It’s the little things.)
Oh, and I should probably mention that this dish is delicious and extremely cheap to make! Let’s call it Poor Man’s Pasta. Wanna?
Parsley Pesto (now officially known as Poor Man’s Pasta)
1 bunch Italian parsley
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
¼ tsp. salt
½ c. olive oil
Cook your pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the parsley, cheese, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Slowly stream in the olive oil with the processor on its lowest setting. Drain the pasta and toss it with the pesto immediately. Enjoy!