If you thought pesto was just about blending basil leaves and pinenuts together, you're wrong! Pesto can be made with anything- peas, red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and all fresh herbs.
This broccoli pesto is super addictive and a regular in my home. Make a jar and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. Toss it with some pasta and olive oil, spread it on toast for those 5pm hunger pangs or make a glam crostini like this one!
What you need-
1/4 cup walnuts or almonds, toasted
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
10 basil leaves
2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tbsp ice-cold water
1 small baguette, sliced and toasted
Garlic cloves, cut in half
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
Putting it all together-
1. Blanch the broccoli till it's cooked with a bite (al dente) and is still bright green in color
2. Grind the nuts and garlic cloves to a rough paste in the blender.
3.Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until they are well combined. Add more cold water if required. The ice-cold water helps retain the bright green color. Store the pesto in a air-tight container with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top to preserve it.
4. To assemble the crostini, rub the baguette with the sliced part of the garlic. Spread the thick layer of broccoli pesto and top with cherry tomatoes and olives.
5. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
For more vegetarian recipes please check out:
Grilled Zucchini Chips
Honey Roasted Figs
Eggplant Pomegranate Crostini
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