Pesto with carrots? Oh yes please! This is healthy, delicious and very tasty indeed. Spring is here and I am on the look for delicious and healthy meals for the family.
All you do is whizzing the carrots with walnuts and basil in a blender. Add enough olive oil to get a nice and smooth creamy sauce and your pesto is ready.
I have also added a little bit of bacon to add extra flavour. It gives a kick to this dish but of course you can just leave it out if you prefer a vegetarian meal. Make sure you use good quality ingredients and good olive oil too.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 12 minutes
- Yield : 4
- spaghetti – 500 g – 5 cups
- carrots – 2 large (about 300 g or in weight)
- shallot – 1
- bacon – 120 g – 1/2 cup
- walnuts halved – 50 g – 1/2 cup
- garlic cloves – 2
- basil leaves – 4
- rosemary – 1 stick
- chopped parsley – 1 tbsp
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the pasta al dente.
Peel the carrots and put them in a processor with the walnuts, a pinch of salt and the basil leaves. Whiz and add 4 tbsp of olive oil and a little warm water enough to get a smooth consistency.
In a pan stir fry the garlic with 2 tbsp of olive oil, the rosemary and the chopped bacon. Brown the bacon for 3 to 4 minutes then remove the garlic and the rosemary. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the carrot pesto. Mix well.
Serve with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
18 thoughts on “Pasta with carrot pesto – easy recipe”
what delicious a carrot pesto ! Im sure my daugther will love this! xo
It is perfect for children!
I love to use roasted carrots making sauces! This looks delicious and so healthy too.
Thanks Angie, it was a good meal for the family.
Love this recipe. Just when you thought that the humble but noble carrot was boring along comes this pesto. I can’t wait to try it out. Grazie Alida.
It is a very tasty sauce especially with the bacon!
What a revelation! I would never have thought of using a vegetable in place of the herbs in a pesto but this is ingenious!
Thanks Marcellina 🙂
Fantastico, non conoscevo questa versione di pesto alle carote, deve essere buonissimo, grazie per la condivisione! Buon proseguimento di giornata, baci!
Un abbraccio e buona giornata anche a te
Never made carrot pesto but your idea seems like an excellent combination (bacon included). Thank you Alida !
The bacon gives such a kick to this sauce!
This looks so simple and delicious! I can’t wait to try it for a lovely dinner.
Well worth it!
Sounds lovely. I recently experimented with another non-basil pesto (peas) and liked it very much. Will try this, too, soon.
Definitely worth it!
per me il pesto di carote è una novità, mi hai dato una splendida idea, grazie ! buona settimana, un bacione
Lo faccio spesso quando non so che sugo preparare e piace sempre in casa mia