Must Try: Asparagus Pesto

There is nothing to discuss here, really. I love asparagus. I love pesto. I love pasta. My initially intended dinner wasn’t ready in time, so here is a quickly whipped asparagus pesto to save the day.

Asparagus Pesto

Asparagus Pesto

Asparagus Pesto

Asparagus Pesto

Served with spaghetti as an emergency dinner option, but that’s not the only use, as you may guess: chicken, veal, pork chops, eggs, or even spectacular sandwich (I am soooo trying this one day)…  Main idea is using asparagus in place of other greens. And that, in itself, is a wonderful thing.

Asparagus Pesto

Yields approximately 3 generous cups of sauce

  • 1 lbs of fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup pignoli or pine nuts
  • 1/2 lemon – zest and juice
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 packed fresh basil leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add a good pinch of salt. Add asparagus and boil for 3-4 minutes, until tender but not mushy.

While asparagus is cooking, toast pine nuts in a dry skillet, tossing or stirring them frequently to prevent scorching. Let cool until manageable.

Combine cooked asparagus, pine nuts, lemon zest and juice, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a processor and mince until smooth. While processor is running, add olive oil slowly, until pesto reaches pancake batter thickness.

Add Parmesan and process a few seconds more.

Asparagus Pesto

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Categories: Batch Cooking, Cravables, Quick & Simple, Traditional Nutrition

Author:Eat Already!

I am a cooking and writing addict born and raised in a cosmopolitan city on the Black Sea coast. Currently my interests include, but not limited to gardening, traditional nutrition, raw milk, fermentation techniques, books by Sitchin, Weston A. Price ideas, artisan bread making, anything handcraft, and many other, quite random, things. I believe in making things from scratch, in unpretentious dishes, visually un-altered food esthetics. I believe in reporting on daily cooking endeavors, not just on special occasion dishes. I believe everyone should learn how to cook at home because it's a great way to connect with your loved ones without saying too much, with your heritage without becoming an archivist, and with the world without learning languages...

One Comment on “Must Try: Asparagus Pesto”

  1. It's a Raw Life
    May 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    That looks amazing :)

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