The word 'pesto' comes from the Italian word meaning 'to pound'. If you are in the mood for pounding, you can make this using a mortar and pestle rather than a food processor.

asparaugus pesto
Serves:  6
Fresh from the garden:  Asparagus, garlic, lemon, mixed soft herbs, spinach
Season:  Winter/Spring


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What to do

  • 1. Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.

  • 2. Fill the saucepan with water and bring to the boil.* Blanch the asparagus for 1 minute, then drain and set aside to cool.

  • 3. Roughly chop the asparagus and place in the bowl of the food processor.

  • 4. Add the parmesan, spinach and herbs, then process until finely chopped.

  • 5. Add the garlic to the food processor along with the toasted pine nuts and lemon zest.

  • 6. Process until you have a rough paste.

  • 7. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil.

  • 8. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.

  • 9. Scrape the pesto into the serving bowl and serve.

  • *Adult supervision required.

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