Roasted Carrots with Pistachio Pesto

September 16 2019

I am a huge fan of any kind of roasted vegetable.  There’s something so delicious when you take a vegetable, add a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and roast it for a while.  The vegetables become beautifully caramelized and get a nutty kind of flavor, especially when we’re talking carrots!

We are so lucky to have choices of carrots these days.  I love it when I can find carrots in assorted colors with the leafy ends still attached.  Typically, our farmers markets will have them, but when you can’t get to the farmers market, a number of our local grocery stores will also carry them.  If you can get them with the ends still attached, be sure to save the ends for the pesto.  If not, just use basil leaves in the place of the leafy carrot tops.

This is a great accompaniment to steak or chicken.

Roasted Carrots with

Pistachio Pesto

Serves 4

Total Time: 25-35 minutes

2 pounds young carrots, trimmed, peeled, plus 1 cup coarsely chopped carrot tops

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 1/3 tsp kosher salt, divided

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided

1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted, salted pistachios, divided

2 cups (loosely packed) basil leaves, plus more for serving

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Toss carrots with 2 tbsp oil, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper on a rimmed baking sheet.  Roast, tossing occasionally, until carrots are golden brown and tender, 25-35 minutes.  Let  cool.

Meanwhile, pulse 1/4 cup pistachios in a food processor until a coarse paste forms.  Add carrot tops and 2 cups basil.  Pulse until a coarse purée forms.  Add remaining 1/2 cup oil and pulse until combined;  season with remaining 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper.

Transfer carrots to a platter.  Drizzle with pesto, then top with basil leaves and remaining 1/4 cup pistachios.

Cooks’ Note:

If your carrots don’t have tops, substitute 1 additional cup basil leaves.

Recipe from Molly Baz

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