|Cilantro pesto with Penne|
1 bunch fresh cilantro, washed with the big stems taken out
1 small bag roasted cashews (I used a large handful)
2-3 garlic cloves, quartered
olive oil, at least a couple spoonfuls
salt and pepper to taste
1 fresh hot pepper (pili pili), sliced in rounds
Almonds, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts are all options instead of cashews
Other spices for specific flavor pairings
All the ingredients are thrown into a small blender/food processor (thanks to Cassandra!) and mixed until they turned into a fine pulp. If you don't have a food processor you can use a mortar and pestle to grind the ingredients into a paste (and also give yourself a pat on the back because you've just done it the hard way!).
I add more oil when it seems too dry and more nuts and spices until it tastes nice. Mostly, the pesto should be able to spread around the desired pasta or gnocchi easily enough without being chunky. And that's it! I might also be so inclined to add this pesto to bread or use as a a dip for a vegetable platter.