Thursday, January 21, 2010

red pepper pesto

my daughter's infatuation with red peppers continues, and i'm scrambling to find new recipes for them. i've stuffed them twice, with meat and with orzo, and i made sauces, for pasta and meatballs. yesterday i was going to do a sundried tomato-roasted garlic pesto, until i realized it was too late to start roasting garlic. so i went this way instead.

1 12 oz jar (450 gr) roasted red peppers
1/2 cup (4 lg) toasted sliced almonds
2 small zucchini
1 cup parmesan
1 large garlic clove
1/2 ts salt
1/2 ts pepper
2-3 tb olive oil

we love pesto in any variety. and we like zucchini, but you can sub 3 cups basil leaves for a more traditional approach. you may need to add more salt and pepper, i try to use the bare minimum. this pesto does not require as much oil to emulsify, as the peppers are packed with moisture. so once you've toasted the almonds you just put everything in the processor and give it a whirr. yields 2 1/4 cups.
when i make pasta using this i like to add a good glug of heavy cream and more cheese on top. i also like this on bruschette, as a spread on sandwiches, over polenta or even as a base on pizza. it's nutty and sweet, but with a nice acidic punch.
i asked her if she liked it, and she made this face and said, mmm-hmmm:


  1. Also Dana,

    asa un Pesto zic numai: Minunat.
    Si Criticarul täu principal a cotat ca super..

    Multe salutäri Jacob

  2. jacob, e chiar asa cum zici - zhara e criticul principal, si ea nu-i intotdeauna usor de multumit...
    ma bucur ca-ti place. mersi mult!

  3. That looks very delicious!
    Ai o printesa taaaaare draguta! :)


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