It’s quite by accident that I am featuring a recipe for Carrot Tops Basil Pesto today. You see I can be a dumb gardener at times. In my haste to get some carrot seeds into the garden I did not quite spread the seeds far enough apart. Truth is I didn’t even try. It was an outdated package of seeds and I had no expectations of any of the seeds germinating. I just tore open the seed packet, shook it over some dirt and hoped to get a couple of carrots.
Ha! The joke is on me. Hundreds of seeds germinated and it was clear there would be no carrots unless I thinned the heard. As I pulled, the carrots tops emitted the most lovely fragrance. My nose advised my mouth to take a bite of the lush greenery and the rest is history. Fresh pesto coming up.
Needless to say, this carrot tops concoction is delicious on pizza, pasta and sandwiches. I simply tossed all the ingredients into a food processor including a few things that you might not find typical to pesto. Since carrot tops are light and sweet I knew I would need to balance them out. While roasted pistachio nuts added a rich texture, a little fresh lemon juice added a bright acidity to make the perfect blend.Print
carrot tops basil pesto is easy delicious on pizza, pasta or as a sandwich spread
1 clove garlic
1 cup packed carrot tops including stems
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons roasted pistachio nuts
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or to your desired consistency)
- In food processor with metal blade, drop garlic through feed tube while processor is running. Add carrot tops, basil and nuts; pulse until chopped. Add lemon juice, cheese and salt; pulse until mixed in. With processor running add enough oil to create a smooth paste.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: healthy
- Method: food processor
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: fresh pesto, carrot tops, condiment, Italian food, gardening mishap
Now, if you are not a gardener and wondering where to get fresh carrot tops…head to your nearest farm stand or organic grocer. You may never make the classic pesto again.