A trip to Hawaii is incomplete without macadamia nuts. It is a tasty and healthy treat. The nuts are available roasted, salted and covered with chocolate. There is no need to be guilty when indulging in macadamia because they contain high levels of monosaturated fatty acids, which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
It is also interesting to know that macadamia nuts originated in Australia. William Herbert Purvis brought some seeds from Queensland and planted them in Kukuihaele in 1882. After that, more and more people started planting this crop. Hawaii is now the largest producer of this healthy nuts.
250g spaghetti noodles
2 cups basil leaves, washed
1 cup unsalted macadamias
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup macadamia oil
3/4 cup grated parmesan
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup cream (optional)
chopped toasted macadamias (for garnish)
In a blender, combine the basil leaves, garlic, macadamia nuts and half of the oil. Blend for 2 minutes or until the ingredients are processed. Add the parmesan cheese and pour in the rest of the oil. Blend for another 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Store it in an airtight jar or container if desired.
In a pot, boil water and add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of cooking oil. Cook the noodles according to package instructions and drain. Transfer to a bowl.
Combine the pasta and the sauce. Toss until the noodles are coated with pesto. Add cream if you want a creamier sauce.
Serve on a plate and garnish with toasted macadamias.
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