Basil, Fennel, and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pesto

Yields about 2 cups
  • 2 cups basil leaves, loosely packed
  • ¼ cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup whole toasted almonds
  • 1 ½ cups fresh spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fennel root, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, roasted, diced
  • salt and black pepper
Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and purée. Sauté the fennel root in the tablespoon of olive oil until slightly golden. Cool and add to the processor. Purée again.

Transfer purée to a bowl and stir in the red bell pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste.

This is savory treat when spread on focaccia or bruschetta, either by itself or with the addition of creamy goat cheese. Or try it as a quick and satisfying starter when tossed with hot pasta.

Did you know?

The wealthiest fifth of the world's people consume 86% of all goods and services, while the poorest fifth consumes one percent.
~United Nations, 2002

Quotes

"We can no longer import our lives in the form of food, fuel and fundamentalism. Life is homegrown, always has been. So is culture. And so too are the solutions to global problems."

~Paul Hawken, Bioneers Conference 2006
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