After all that cake it’s time for a savoury recipe, using one of my favourite seasonal spring ingredients: wild garlic, known by many other names including bear leek (similar to the German Bärlauch). With its broad dark green leaves that pack a powerful flavour punch it is destined for making epic pesto! I love the strong taste and the almost fiery kick. Together with the fragrant pine nuts, rich olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and some nutritional yeast it beats any ‘regular’ or store-bought pesto for me.
Wild garlic pesto
Makes: ca. 3 servings
- 75g fresh wild garlic
- 50g pine nuts
- 2.5 tbsp olive oil
- 0.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, but highly recommended)
- salt, to taste
- 2-3 tbsp of water, if desired, to thin out
- Dry-fry the pine nuts in a hot pan, until lightly golden. Grind into a powder.
- Blend together with the olive oil, wild garlic, lemon juice and salt – I used a handheld blender for this part and a separate grinding attachment for step 1.
- Stir in the nutritional yeast and (if desired) some water to thin out the texture. I love a nice thick pesto, but added 1-2 tbsp water when stirring the pesto to the cooked pasta.
- Serve however you like, e.g. with pasta, on top of risotto, as a dip, on crackers or savoury pancakes, as a filling in savoury swirls, etc. etc.
I added the pesto to three servings of yellow lentil spaghetti and topped with some cherry tomatoes and a few extra pine nuts. Feel free to also add some chopped wild garlic, if you have any left over, and to drizzle some extra olive oil on top before serving.
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