Carrot Top Pesto

It always seemed such a waste to me to discard (compost) the carrot greens after harvesting my carrots. There had to be a use for them, I just didn’t know what. Time to turn to my favorite book about root vegetables, Roots by Diane Morgan. And there it was, a recipe for Carrot Top Pesto! It seemed like the perfect combination, my love of pesto and my disdain for wasting anything I grow. I just had to try it. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to have carrot bouquets on my counter!

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How did it turn out? Let’s just say that Cam had a double helping! Carrot top pesto will become the standard dinner on carrot harvest days. It tasted very much like basil pesto, but with carrot overtones and a nice, sharp bite.

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Carrot Top Pesto

slightly adapted from Roots by Diane Morgan

1 cup lightly packed carrot leaves (stems removed) (from the garden)

6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 large garlic cloves

1/4 tsp kosher or fine sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted (see my note below)

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


My note – Toasting pine nuts – Heat a small non-stick skillet over high heat. Toss the pine nuts in the dry skillet and keep stirring/swirling for about 1 to 1.5 minutes. Remove from heat. Be careful not to burn the pine nuts.

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In a food processor, combine the carrot leaves, garlic, salt, pepper and cheese.

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Process until finely minced. Add in the oil and process until just combined.

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Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days. Enjoy!

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Makes about 2/3 cup.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. snati001 says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! Saving the recipe! 😀


    1. Thanks! When you try it, let me know what you think 🙂


Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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