Carrot Top Pesto

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Carrot Top Pesto

From Stonesoup

Inspired by the very good looking boys from Three Blue Ducks in Bronte. Love their new cookbook which my Irishman gave me for my birthday.

1 bunch baby carrot tops
1 bunch flat leaf parsley
1 small clove garlic
2 handfuls pine nuts
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large handful grated parmesan

1. Whizz carrot tops, parsley, garlic and nuts in a food processor until finely chopped.

2. With the motor running pour in the oil. Stir in parmesan. Taste and season if needed.

VARIATIONS

different herbs – feel free to play around. Basil, mint and coriander (cilantro) are all excellent additions or replacements.

budget / different nuts – I often use cashews instead of pine nuts. Almonds are also lovely in pesto.

garlic-free – replace that garlicky sharpness with a squeeze of lemon.

vegan / dairy-free – replace the parmesan with extra pine nuts or other nuts.

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Susan October 19, 2017

I made some carrot top pesto several months ago, and used rosemary I happened to have in the fridge. For me, even though I didn’t use a huge amount, the flavor was way too strong for me. I think it wasn’t even half a bunch. Maybe some of the other herbs would work well using a whole bunch, but I would tend to start with less and add more until the flavor came up to the right level. (Maybe the really strong flavor works well for younger people, but not for us old folks.)

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jules October 20, 2017

You know Susan it might have been the rosemary. It tends to overpower and is best when cooked.

Adding more oil and cheese can help tone down the greenness though if that’s the problem.

And out taste buds get duller as we age so usually younger people like less strong flavours! My boys are a brilliant example 😉

Jx

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Gina May 20, 2016

You mentioned sleep in your latest email and said:
“Made me realize that getting more sleep isn’t going to cut down on time for other things because it may well help you love longer.”
I wondered if you had meant to say live but I thought love was a good choice, too.

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jules May 26, 2016

I did mean live but maybe my subconscious was coming through Gina! Well spotted Jx

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Nicole Austin December 22, 2013

Can you sauté carrot tops?

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jules January 11, 2014

I don’t see why not Nic!

I wilted some into a byriani the other day instead of spinach and they were lovely

Jx

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