i love pesto in all forms and on almost anything. and since spring is here, anything fresh & green is highly appealing to my taste buds.
here's a super simple recipe for pesto, but with the health factor cranked up a notch...
what you need:
1 1/2C packed basil leaves
1 1/2C packed baby greens (i used a mix that had baby spinach, baby swiss chard & baby kale)
1/2C unsalted almonds (you can also sub for cashews, walnuts, pine nuts, etc if you want)
1/2C nutritional yeast (sub for parmesan if you're not into making it vegan)
3 cloves garlic
juice of 1/2 lemon & the zest
1/3C reserved pasta water
(if you're not making pasta, then use more olive oil or regular water)
what to do:
cook some pasta
scoop out a cup full of pasta water from the pot after pasta is done cooking
reserve 1C of baby greens for later
blend all other ingredients together in a blender or food processor, but slowly adding the evoo & pasta water in equal parts little by little until you reach the consistency you want
pour pesto over cooked pasta
chop additional baby greens & toss in raw with the pasta
options are endless for this pesto or any leftover you might have: pour over roasted or grilled veggies, add to eggs, spread on toast or in a sandwich - almost anything!
do you have a favorite pesto recipe? i'd love to hear in the COMMENTS below...