I was having one of those nights when I came home and there was nothing in the fridge that immediately lept out at me for dinner.
I cobbled this together from what I had at hand, and it was amazing. Gorgeous with pasta, its also fabulous drizzled over roast potatoes, or use it as a spread to tasty up sandwiches. This pesto is really versatile, I stirred some through plain boiled rice and the freshness of the parsley and slight hum of garlic totally transformed it. This takes 5 minutes to make and will live in a jar in your fridge for 3-4 days (if it lasts that long)
100 Grams Almonds
25 Grams Parsley (stalks and all)
100 ml Olive oil
25 Grams Parmesan (you can use vegan parmesan if you have dairy free diet)
1 Clove of Garlic (roughly chopped)
Salt and pepper
In a dry frying pan toast the almonds until they are lightly browned and smell nutty
Add the almonds to a food processor and blitz until the almonds look like course sand
Add the rest of the ingredients and blitz until we’ll combined, check if it needs salt and pepper. Some people like it super smooth, but I prefer it a bit chunkier. Serve with pasta or roast vegetables, save any left over pesto in an airtight jar in the fridge
I came home from work, and had lots of bits and pieces in the fridge that needed used up. I rustled this up, and it was pretty quick and tasty. You can switch up the ingredients based on what you have rattling around the fridge.
150 Grams Mushrooms
2 Cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp Olive oil
1/2 Jar of pesto
500 Grams Passata
50 Grams Parmesan
50 Grams Mozzarella
Slice the aubergine into thin slices, and brush with olive oil before adding to a frying pan.
Cook the slices for 2-3 minutes on each side over a medium heat until they start to colour
In a separate pan add 1tbsp of oil, fry the chopped onion, mushrooms and garlic until soft
Add the passata and simmer until the sauce thickens
In an oven proof dish add a layer of the tomato sauce, add a layer of the aubergine slices
Spread a thin layer of pesto and cheese on top of this
Repeat these layers until you run out of ingredients
Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted
I live in Belfast, which is home to St George’s market (one of the best indoor market in the UK and Ireland). Chances are there is somewhere close to you that offers all sorts of food inspiration or tasty street food , so get out there and explore.