What's the best nut to sub in for pine nuts in arugula pesto?

  • Posted by: Crinnig
  • December 12, 2011
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13 Comments

teemee January 8, 2012
I was in Indonesia for a couple of months and used the local cashews as a substitute. It worked very well!
 
teemee January 8, 2012
I was in Indonesia for a couple of months and used the local cashews as a substitute. It worked very well!
 
ChefJune January 8, 2012
For the flavor of arugula, I'd sub toasted walnuts. The toasted part is important.
 
Panfusine January 8, 2012
1st choice: walnuts, 2nd Pistachio, 3 toasted pumpkin seeds..
 
cookbookchick January 8, 2012
almonds are good in pesto
 
Coco E. January 8, 2012
Shelled hemp seeds make a great substitute. And they are so good for you!
 
Rebecca,Rodriguez January 7, 2012
Pumpkin seeds aka pepitas!!
 
bigpan December 12, 2011
Yes, my former Italian relatives would sub in toasted walnut. I suspect toasted pecan pieces would also work. Did you know pesto freezes very well? I make big batches and freeze in small ziploc bags ... The secret is leave the cheese out and put in fresh when you have thawed the pesto mix that you froze.
 
Pombachi January 8, 2012
Or you can freeze the pesto in Ice Trays, and then put the cubed pesto into the ziploc bag so you have measured amounts of pesto ready to defrost!
 
SKK December 12, 2011
Me too - walnuts are wonderful. Love the flavor they add.
 
sdebrango December 12, 2011
I agree with Lexmccall walnuts are a very good sub for pine nuts.
 
Lexmccall December 12, 2011
I always use walnuts if I'm out of pine nuts (or too cheap to buy them), but I've had some great pistachio pestos, too. I'm not sure there's a "best" answer here, or a wrong answer, for that matter...
 
Crinnig December 12, 2011
Thanks so much! I've heard this before and am relieved to have it confirmed.
 
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