For a long time I was intimidated by making my own pesto. I’m not sure why, because it’s one of THE easiest things to whip up. I’ve made pestos with just about every herb, and nut combo and they’re all pretty damn good in my opinion. I think that’s why I like [making] pesto so much – it’s completely customizable and hard to mess it up. This Easy Pepita Pesto is PACKED with “good for ya” foods, and I bet you’ll love it [even if you don’t love what’s in it].
Broccoli (YES, broccoli), pepitas, & parsley are the star of this pesto. Pepita’s are just unshelled pumpkin seeds. We buy them in bulk. If you’re used to the standard basil and pine nut combo, it’s about time you switch it up. Basil + pine nuts are a damn good combo, BUT there are other damn good combos too (like this one!) Also, pinenuts are EXPENSIVE, and fresh basil can be tough to find this time of year. Save yourself the headache and money and make this instead.
Once you have all of the ingredients in your [high speed] blender or food processor, pulse everything up and you’re good to go. PULSE, don’t blend, please. This isn’t a smoothie (although you should try putting broccoli in your smoothie- it’s not that bad).
I don’t need any qualifications to tell you that this is good for you, and much better than the store bought stuff. This pesto kind of reminds me of Franks RedHot sauce, YOU CAN PUT THIS SHIT ON ANYTHING. Use it as a base for your next pizza. As a condiment on your next sandwich. On your next grilled cheese. In your pasta. Dip some veggies in it. Spread it on garlic toast. Toss it in your salad. Your options are [almost] limitless.
Give it a try & tell me how much you LOVE it.
Full of (healthy) fat and flavor, this easy pepita pesto is quick and easy to make. Use as a marinade, toss with pasta, or enjoy as a dip!
- 1/4 C Pepitas
- 1 tsp Garlic minced
- 1/2 C Nutritional Yeast
- 1/2 C Olive Oil
- 1 C Parsley loosely packed
- 1 C Broccoli about 4-5 florets worth
- sea salt to taste
Put everything into a blender or food processor and PULSE! Add salt to taste.
That's it! Store in an airtight container in the fridge.