Carrot Top Peanut Pesto

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Pesto is traditionally made with basil, however, currently people are making pesto with many different ingredients. Typically, people use a leafy green, a type of nut, oil, garlic, and some lemon. Pesto is delicious not only as a pasta sauce, but also as a sandwich spread, mixed into dips, marinade for meats, and a topping for a salad. Pesto is also easy to make in bulk and can easily be frozen to be used at your own pace. Carrot tops are rather bitter, but partnered with peanuts mellows out the bitter flavor. The lemon adds some bright citrus flavor, and the oil holds it all together. Once you are ready to use the pesto, if it’s been frozen, you’ll have to add cheese and a bit of salt/sugar to taste. This recipe makes many servings of pesto.

What You Will Need

  • Blender
  • 6 Cups Packed Carrot Tops
  • 2 Cups Salted Peanuts
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • Ice cube tray (Optional)
  • Parmesan & Sugar/Salt at serving

Directions

  1. Working in two batches, add 1/2 the carrot tops, peanuts, lemon and garlic into a blender. Begin blending on high, and slowly add the oil. If the mixture stops moving, stop and stir before continuing to add the oil. Blend until your desired consistency is reached, and hold back oil or add additional as necessary.
  2. Transfer into a bowl to store in the fridge, or transfer into an ice cube tray to freeze.
  3. Repeat step one with the second half. The full recipe makes almost 3 cups pesto. Freeze for 6-8 hours before transferring to a freezer bag, if desired. If you want to use it right away, mix in 2 cups parmasean, and 2 Tbsp sugar before serving.

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