Stinging Nettle Pesto
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Ingredients15 m servings 120
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 cup)
- Place hazelnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until toasted, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Wearing gloves, add nettles to boiling water; cook until nettles are tender and still maintain the bright green color, about 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Let nettles cool and drain.
- Place the nettles in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze excess water from the greens.
- Combine nettles, hazelnuts, Parmesan cheese, and salt in a food processor fitted with a puree blade. Pulse a few times before turning the processor on. Stream olive oil through the feeding tube while the processor is running until pesto is smooth.
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- Cook's Notes:
- Nettles can be found at farmers' markets. In a pinch, you can substitute dandelion greens or spinach.
- When storing extra pesto, place in a covered container and cover the surface with a layer of olive oil.
- When making nettle pesto pasta, reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water and stir in a couple of tablespoons of the pesto mixture. It makes for a creamier pasta.
Per Serving: 120 calories; 11.1 2.8 3.1 4 237 Full nutrition