Today we’re honoring one of our favorite nuts: the pine nut. Also known as pignolias, pine nuts boost an impressive nutrient profile: they’re an excellent source of protein, iron, dietary fiber, and more.
They’re not only good for you, they’re tasty, too! Pine nuts have a unique sweet and nutty flavor that complement a wide variety of dishes. You can roast or toast them to intensify their flavor, and people commonly blend them into a creamy pesto sauce. The point is: you can do a ton with these yummy nuts. Here are some pine nut recipes for you to try at home:
1. Fresh Basil Pesto
Let’s start with one of the most common uses of pine nuts: pesto! Serve this fresh basil pesto over pasta, baked potatoes, or toasted bread. There are only six ingredients, but make sure you have access to a food processor. Here’s what you’ll need: fresh basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and salt and pepper.
2. Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts
Looking for a simple, healthy and filling meal? Try this recipe for quinoa pilaf with pine nuts. You’ll love the taste and texture of the quinoa with the toasted pine nuts. Best of all, you’ll only need six ingredients to whip up this meal: quinoa, olive oil, pine nuts, an onion, fresh parsley, and salt and pepper.
3. Pine Nut Cookies
Pine nuts aren’t just for main dishes: they’re also tasty in desserts! Let these yummy pine nut cookies prove it to you. Savor the combined taste of nutty and sweet when you put these ingredients together: pine nuts, egg, almond paste, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary
Here’s another delectable dessert for you to try: pine nut brittle with rosemary. Trust us: the combination of rosemary and pine nuts is absolutely divine. You’ll wonder how you lived without it all these years. Here are the ingredients you’ll need: sugar, pine nuts, unsalted butter, fresh rosemary, and sea salt.
5. Fettuccine with Brussel Sprouts and Pine Nuts
Here’s another simple but delicious recipe for you to try at home: fettuccine with brussel sprouts and pine nuts. You’ll have a really nutty dish on your hands when you combine the pine nuts and brussel sprouts, which have a natural nuttiness to them. You’ll need five simple components: brussel sprouts, dried egg fettuccine, unsalted butter, extra-virgin olive oil, and pine nuts.
Do you have any pine nut recipes to share with us?