Recipe: Carrot Peel Pesto
Makes about 1 cup
- 3 cups
loosely packed carrot peels (from about 3 to 4 pounds carrots)
- 1/2 cup
coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
- 1/2 cup
grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 clove
- 1/4 teaspoon
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup
extra-virgin olive oil
Place the carrot peels, walnuts, cheese, garlic, and salt in a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Blend or process until the ingredients are finely chopped and a rough paste has formed. Stop and scrape down the sides of the jar or bowl as needed.
With the motor running, stream in the olive oil: 1/4 cup will make a thicker pesto that’s good for spreading on crostini and sandwiches, while 1/2 cup will make a thinner pesto that’s good for tossing with pasta. Stop and scrape down the sides of the jar or bowl as needed and blend until the mixture is a uniform paste.
Taste the pesto and blend in more more salt, garlic, nuts, or cheese as needed.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.