Not Pistou

Servings: 12 Prep: 10 min Cook: 0 min Total: 10 min

This is the best flavor combination on earth. Shockingly, it doesn’t involve bacon or ketchup, either!

It’s a wall of tomato and garlic flavor, punctuated with the unctuous cheese, the bright notes of the basil and the texture of the toasted pine nuts. This is the stuff you’ll find on the grilled bread at Italian restaurants. It’s usually called “Bruschetta”.

Now, let me say that … I have zero recollection where I picked this up. It’s just always been in my memory banks. Whoever taught it to me also said, “This is called ‘Pistou’. It’s like a French pesto.” So, I’ve echoed that same information to everyone I’ve made it for. Oh, how wrong I’ve been!

I just looked up the actual definition of “Pistou” and … it’s basically traditional Genovese Pesto, but with the absence of pine nuts. THIS stuff … whatever you call it … has both pine nuts AND a healthy dose of raw diced tomatoes!

Again, this is truly a fantastic flavor. This is great as a dip. It’s also fantastic tossed with a little pasta (hot or cold). Slather this stuff on a chicken breast and … you’ll quickly understand its allure. Frankly … give me a spoon … I’ll eat this stuff from a bowl! Whatever it is …

It’s “Not Pistou”.

Note: I mention chiffonade of basil. It’s basically basil that’s been cut into strips. You can see the method, here.

Second Note: The photos are taken with “Baked Pita Wedges“, which … are just awesome.

Not Pistou

Ingredient
Calories
Fat
Protein
Carbs
SA’s
Fiber
Net Carbs
2 lb (908g) fresh assorted tomatoes, diced
164.6
0
10
34.9
0
10
24.9
2 cups (141g) fresh basil, cut into chiffonade (about a large bunch’s worth)
32.4
1.4
4.2
4.2
0
2.8
1.4
4 each (12g) garlic clove, minced
16
0
0
4
0
0
4
1 cup (135g) pine nuts, toasted and coursely chopped
909
92
18
18
0
5
13
2 cups (200g) parmesan cheese, grated
862
58
76
8
0
0
8
1/4 cup (61g) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
15.3
0
0.3
5.3
0
0.3
5
1 cup (216g) extra virgin olive oil, good quality
1910
216
0
0
0
0
0
salt and pepper, to taste
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Grand Totals (of 12 servings):
3909.3
367.4
108.5
74.4
0
18.1
56.4
Totals Per Serving:
325.8
30.6
9
6.2
0
1.5
4.7 g
81.9%
Fat
10.7%
Protein
7.4%
Carbs

Not Pistou

Not Pistou

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Author: DJ Foodie

Ingredients

  • 2 lb fresh assorted tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups fresh basil cut into chiffonade (about a large bunch's worth)
  • 4 each garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup pine nuts toasted and coursely chopped
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil good quality
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Blend the ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper (this recipe can handle a good amount of salt)
  • Serve!

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