I love a lazy Saturday when I sleep late and get to watch a marathon of cooking shows on my local PBS station (when they are not preempted with some sort of fund raising programming)...it is a real treat.
And very inspirational... I always want to cook after I watch them. Today, Lidia's walnut pesto caught my eye.. it was so easy, and I happened to have walnuts in my cupboard. The recipe is below... I didn't quite have enough ricotta, so mine is not as creamy as it should be... but it was still very tasty. It is quite rich and would go nicely with a green salad and a glass of pino grigio.
Lidia's Walnut Pesto ( serves 4)
1 cup walnut halves or pieces, toasted ( you can do this using a dry pan - watch closely!)
1 clove garlic
1 1/4 cups ricotta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated grana padano or Parmesan (optional)
1/2 cup tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper