Carrot-top pesto


Carrot-top pesto
You will no doubt be familiar with classic pesto. Here is an alternative, zero-waste version using carrot tops for a surprising pesto, full of fresh flavour.
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Last modified on: September 16th 2020

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11 min.5 min.16 min.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Carrot-top pesto
Put 50 g whole almonds into a small frying pan on medium heat. Toast until just lightly coloured (stir round frequently).

Leave to cool then chop coarsely.

Stage 2
Carrot-top pesto
Save 200 g turnip (or other vegetable) tops (carrot tops here). The weight is simply for guidance, so let's just say the tops from a normal bunch of carrots.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Carrot-top pesto
Wash the leaves, cut off the stalks , then drain and dry them in a tea towel or salad spinner.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Carrot-top pesto
Put the leaves in a high-sided container.

Add the juice and zest of 1 lemon, 3 g vitamin C and 3 tablespoons olive oil.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Carrot-top pesto
Blend a first time.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Carrot-top pesto
Add 50 g Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano), the almonds, salt and pepper, then blend again.

Add a little more olive oil while still blending (have someone to help if possible), until the mixture is smooth.

Stage 7
Carrot-top pesto
Your carrot-top pesto is ready.
Remarks
You can make different version of this recipe with whatever vegetable tops you have to hand (e.g. radish or turnip), or different nuts (e.g. hazelnuts). Let your imagination lead you.
Keeping
A few days in the fridge in a sealed bottle.
Source
Based on a recipe by chef Angèle Ferreux-Maeght.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
971 Kcal or 4,065 Kj31 gr21 gr85 gr
49 %12 %2 %13 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
204 Kcal or 854 Kj7 gr4 gr18 gr
10 %3 %<1 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Nuts, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 400 g : 2.13 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Turnip (or other vegetable) topsTurnip (or other vegetable) tops: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Turnip top soup, Gratin of beet tops and potatoes, "Au vert" beef, Tenderloin steak with beetroot tops and mushrooms, Polenta with beetroot tops, ... All
Whole almondsWhole almonds: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Chinese style chicken, Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan, Apple Batter Puddings, Piped petits-fours, Praline, ... All
Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Creamy risotto with vegetables , Purple Pesto, Gratin of purple artichokes, Polpete, Broad bean salad with Parmesan, ... All
Olive oilOlive oil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Vegetable clafoutis, Small ratatouille with , Mushroom Pancakes au Gratin, Fried egg in bread, Parcels of fish fillet in spinach, ... All
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