Friday, 27 July 2012

Rocket walnut pesto recipe

Vegan pesto can be hard to find in Paris. Your best bet is the kosher section of supermarkets, or the Kosher Franprix on Boulevard Voltaire (métro: Rue des Boulets or Nation). However, it's so easy that you're probably better off making your own pesto.

The internet is swimming in basil pesto recipes, so here's something a little different: rocket and walnut pesto.

100g rocket (arugula); two handfuls walnuts (get the broken pieces - they're cheaper); 2 Tbsp olive oil; 1 small clove of garlic, roughly chopped; 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast; 2 tsp lemon juice; salt and pepper.

Whizz everything together apart from the nutritional yeast. Once you have a not-too-uniform paste, stir in the nutritional yeast. Taste and adjust seasoning.

This can easily be done with a stick/hand-held blender in a jug to save on washing up.

Rocket walnut pesto is great on toast.

And of course on pasta.

Green as green can be, and a nice change from basil pesto.