How to make Carrot Top Pesto, fresh and delicious!

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Carrot Top Pesto, make the most of your garden harvest
Carrot Top Pesto
The timing was just right, we had harvested some of the carrots from the garden and I also stumbled upon this recipe for Carrot Top Pesto. I have made a few changes to the ingredient list because I think that pesto is somewhat personal and just a little bit different for everyone. Some like it quite oily, more like a sauce to drizzle and others like it to mound in a spoon, so that it may be served in a little dome shape.

To accommodate both kinds of pesto enthusiasts, it is very easy, use the larger amount of oil. And the difference in the walnuts, that is simple, if you love walnuts, use the larger measure.

Carrot Top Pesto
adapted from:  Rooted Blessings
makes approximately 2 cups

5 c organic carrot top leaves - packed
1 to 1 1/2 c olive oil
1 1/2 t salt
1/4-1/2 c walnuts
5 cloves garlic
fresh ground pepper to taste (I used about 8 "grinds")
1/2 c Parmesan cheese (yep, the kind in the green can)

Combine everything in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, you may need a bit of additional oil to keep the food moving in the processor bowl.

Divide into small containers, label, and freeze. Use anywhere on anything calling for pesto, the flavor is bright and delicious.


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  1. I have to admit that I've never, ever used my carrot greens for anything but compost. Now I'm curious about what they taste like.

  2. I have never used carrot tops-but love sautéing the tops of beats with onions.

  3. I've never used carrot tops before! What a great idea. Homemade pesto is delicious!

  4. Look at your beautiful, fresh carrots. I can't wait to see what you do with those! Fantastic idea, making pesto with the tops.

  5. Hi Melynda,
    I am drooling over your beautiful carrots!
    How great that the carrot leaves can be used to make pesto. It looks wonderful! I would most certainly enjoy it!

  6. Pesto is something I have never made.... or eaten... thank you for the great idea. :)

  7. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, frugal, simple and nutritious recipe! I'm definitely going to plant some carrots very soon. :)

  8. Oh my! I never knew you can use carrot greens. I am so happy I came across this post. Thanks you!

  9. this is quite possibly the coolest thing ever. I have never thought to use carrot tops before for my pesto! love it

  10. Wow! I cannot wait to try this. Thanks for the idea.

  11. My carrot tops also go in the compost. I never knew they could be eaten! This is a great idea and I plan to try it this fall when my carrots are planted. Thanks for the idea!

  12. I was just wondering the other day, as I cut off the carrot tops I had just bought, if there was anything I could make with them. All I came up with was perhaps a soup, which would be put through the food mill after cooking. Thanks for this.


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