Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

Did you know that carrot tops are one of the best things about carrots? This recipe is just one example of how to use them. It’s also important to note that this recipe asks you to thoroughly heat the baking sheet in the oven before adding the carrots — a flavor-boosting method I reckon you’ll incorporate into your vegetable roasting regimen. Once the baking sheet is sizzling hot and we carefully add the carrots, increased caramelization occurs against the heat of the tray. Brown = yum!

By | September 13, 2017

Ingredients

Roasted Carrots
  • 2 bunches carrots with greens
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon delicate sea salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
Carrot Top Pesto
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 3 tablespoons roasted unsalted cashews, walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 cups carrot greens
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2–4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Roasted Carrots

Place rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash carrots and tops thoroughly. Pat greens dry with a paper towel and set aside. Toss carrots in oil and salt. Once the oven and the baking sheet are hot, remove the sheet and carefully add the carrots in a single layer. Return the pan and carrots to the oven and roast until tender, about 25 minutes (but up to 35 if you have very thick carrots).

Remove from oven to a casserole dish. Check seasoning, adding salt if necessary. Dress with pesto and lemon zest; serve.

Carrot Top Pesto

In a food processor, pulse the garlic and nuts until they reach a sand-like consistency. Remove the stems from the carrot greens and discard or reserve for stock. Add the greens, parsley and cheese to the processor, pulsing as you go. Finally, drizzle in the lemon juice and the olive oil, pulsing until a preferred texture is achieved. Pesto can be can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to five days.

Ingredients

Roasted Carrots
  • 2 bunches carrots with greens
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon delicate sea salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
Carrot Top Pesto
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 3 tablespoons roasted unsalted cashews, walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 cups carrot greens
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2–4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
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