Pesto is a hit for kids and adults alike. However, the cost of basil leaves is prohibitive, and actually finding basil at the local market ( palengke) is even harder. Basil and fresh herbs are only usually available in larger chain supermarkets rather than the local wet market. Versions of pesto have been made with malunggay and are also delicious. However, we have found that strangely, malunggay can also be hard to come by in markets. It is also very cheap! Sturdier than malungay and available all year round, kangkong is available anywhere. Use this as a sauce over pasta or as a sauce for fish recipes or to accompany seafood!
- 1 bunch kangkong
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup cashews, soaked
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 cups spaghetti pasta, boiled
Soak the cashews for 2 hours- overnight is even better
In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients till it forms a paste. Adjust taste with salt and pepper.
Add oil if a smoother consistency is desired.
Serve the pesto on top of cooked pasta.