Marscarpone and Pecan Pesto Recipe

by katerina on October 25, 2007

Okay, so seriously? Has anyone tried to buy a book in Canada recently? The prices seem even more outrageous then usual. I went to buy Nigella Express yesterday and it was $50 at chapters, that is 17$Cad more then and still almost $10 more then the US prices again. I know we are a smaller market and a certain amount of premium is required but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Hopefully they do manage to come to some compromise.

I think that the quickest of weeknight dinners is a pasta where the sauce takes as long as the pasta takes in the water. So this is my newest creation based on what was in my fridge and what would take very little time. I get in trouble if dinner is on the table after 9 so quick is of the essence what one gets home at 8. This is also my entry for Presto Pasta! Don’t forget to check out the roundup for more yummy recipes.

Marscarpone and Pecan Pesto

(serves 4)

4 tablespoons marscarpone cheese
1 clove garlic
3 handfuls parsley
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 handfuls pecans
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whiz up the garlic clove in a food processor, then add the nuts and parsley and finally the cheese and olive oil.[/print_this]

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Deborah October 25, 2007 at 3:26 pm

I don’t know about prices in Canada, but I do know that here in the US, it is definitely cheaper to buy online than to buy in the bookstore. Even if you have to end up paying shipping (which most of the time you can get free shipping on Amazon) it is still cheaper than paying full price at the bookstore. I bought 2 cookbooks at the bookstore a month ago, and spent $70US. Crazy!


katiez October 25, 2007 at 3:42 pm

I thank the powers-that-be every day for Amazon.. all of them .com, .fr, .uk… I order from all 3!
Great pasta and another good one for all of my parsley! I can even get pecans, now! But I may use my own hazelnuts…
9:00 is a perfectly civilized time to be eating (says one who regularly eats at 10:30)


Peter M October 25, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Pecans, mascarpone, pesto? You can’t go wrong…nice weeknight idea!

As for books and other goods that are still more expensive in Canada, despite the 2 currencies being “on par”….hold out, don’t buy. One by one (Cdn.)companies are losing money and they are starting to lower their prices. Have patience.


Abby October 25, 2007 at 5:39 pm

I buy everything online. Seriously. All year long – and esp. at Christmas. I hate it for the stores, but the prices are ridiculous!

I love easy peasy pasta dishes. That looks great!


Patricia Scarpin October 25, 2007 at 5:55 pm

Books in general are really expensive here in Brazil. :(

This pasta dish looks fabulous!


denzylle October 25, 2007 at 6:22 pm

For cookbooks by UK writers, try

It charges UK book prices (not cheap either, but probably cheaper than in Canada) and provides FREE shipping worldwide.

I moderate a group for a UK crime writer and my Canadian and US members swear by it. It’s fast, too.


Ruth Daniels October 25, 2007 at 8:09 pm

What a perfect combo! I would never have thought of it, but the mascarpone is on my shopping list (pecans are always around)!

As for cook books in Canada – I hear you. Although I did just buy Jamie Oliver’s newest book Cook with Jamie. It’s awesome, but $41! I had a gift card for $10 – thank you Shoppers Drug Mart! and 20% special at it only cost me $25. $41 is way too much, even for Jamie.


Valli October 26, 2007 at 2:02 pm

I love the use of the corkscrew pasta to catch every morsel of this delectable pesto!
They talk about the prices of all merchandise coming down now that our dollar is at par. I am still waiting for the GST to be eliminated as per campaign promises…so the point is I won’t hold my breath I’m afraid.


Holler October 26, 2007 at 4:24 pm

That sounds right up my street, lovely! And you are right, so quick, great after a late night at work!


Kevin October 29, 2007 at 12:31 am

I like the idea of mascarpone in pesto.


swirlingnotins November 5, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Looks delish! Mascarpone is one of my new refrigerator staples. Thanks!


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