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asparagus pesto


english asparagus is back in season and it’s a regular feature in our meals at the moment. inevitably there are times when i’ve bought a few bunches and the final one is looking a little sorry for itself when it finally gets hauled out of the fridge. asparagus pesto is perfect for when this happens.

this dish is part of vegetables, beautiful vegetables, my tribute to national vegetarian week which is currently underway in the uk.

asparagus pesto

1 bunch of asparagus

1 tablespoon pine nuts

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

1 handful basil

zest of a lemon

extra virgin olive oil

steam/boil the asparagus until it is only just cooked. rinse with cold water and cut into smaller pieces.

fry the pine nuts in a dry pan until they take on a toasted appearance.

in a mini food processor, blitz together the pine nuts, garlic, parmesan and basil. add the asparagus and lemon zest and blitz to create a smooth texture. add olive oil to taste.

use the pesto to dress pasta (as above) or as a topping for crostini.

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Reader Comments (5)

What a lovely twist on traditional pesto! It is just coming into asparagus season here, and I'm always looking for new ways to serve it.
i have had many pestos - but this is unique. lovely idea abby!
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeeta
great minds think alike here Abby as my vegetable beautiful vegetable idea also used asparagus!
May 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhippolyra
i'm glad you guys like it!
May 21, 2008 | Registered Commenterabby
I was just going through older recipes and came across this one wow, it never even crossed my mind to make a pesto out of asparagus, I have only made one with basil and think that most people have only done it with this one as its the safest.
Next time I decide to do a pesto I will be keeping this recipe handy.
May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim da Cook

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