Carrot Top Pesto

As many of us know, the farmer’s market is almost in full swing. I only say almost because I’ve yet to see corn, and those delicious tomatoes yet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saddened that the market has yet to offer these up, I’m actually just pleased that I can visit the market on a weekly basis. This past weekend yielded a head of broccoli, some baby yukon potatoes, some soap, and a great bunch of carrots.

When I got back home, I sat there and looked at those carrots, knowing that I was going to saute them whole with a bit of butter and brown sugar, and then I began looking at the tops. Bright green in color, I knew that I wanted to use them and did not want them to go to waste. At first I was thinking of a simple saute with a bit of garlic and vinegar, and then decided I would attempt to turn them into a pesto, because after all I have been rocking out a variety of pesto recipes lately as well.

Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

I decided that once I had the pesto, instead of slathering it into some pasta, that I would instead top it onto some nice cast iron pizza dough to be used as the bread on the dinner table.

Ingredients for the carrot top pesto:

  • 1 bunch of carrot tops, soaked and rinsed in cold water
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • pinch of salt

Add all of the ingredients into a food processor, and blend until you have a nicely textured pesto. At this point you can use it in pasta, or use it much like you would any other pesto, but instead, I decided to top it onto homemade pizza dough, pressed into a small cast iron skillet, and cooked in the oven until the crust was golden brown.

How to make carrot top pesto recipe

The result was actually pretty darn good. The pesto itself was slightly bitter, but I thought that was a nice accent to those sweet and buttery sauteed carrots. So the next time you are thinking about putting those carrot tops into your compost, maybe consider making a quick pesto. Hope you enjoy!

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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