Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Sweet and smoky roasted red pepper, along with garlic, basil, pine nuts and dairy free parmesan cheese. Great stirred through pasta, spread onto sandwiches, or used as a dip

To roast the peppers you will need;

  1. Four red peppers, I used three red and one orange, so that’s fine too
  2. A pinch of salt
  3. A couple of teaspoons of oil

Method;

  • Remove the stalk and the seeds from each pepper, then quarter them
  • Add the peppers into a mixing bowl, add in the oil and salt, then mix until combined
  • Lay the peppers onto a lined baking tray, skin side up. Pop them in the oven at 200°C/180°C fan assisted/400°F for 20 minutes, or until the skin blackens in places

Once the peppers have roasted, leave them to one side to cool down before removing the skins

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For the pesto you will need;

  1. The peppers, with their skins removed
  2. 35g grated dairy free parmesan, I used one by Violife. Alternatively, add a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  3. One clove of garlic, chopped
  4. Two tablespoons of oil
  5. Two teaspoons of dried basil
  6. Two tablespoons of pine nuts
  7. Salt to taste,I used around half a teaspoon

Method;

  • Pop everything into a blender or food processor
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  • Blend until well combined, this may take a couple of minutes and you may need to pause and scrape down the sides
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  • Season to taste with salt, then pop the pesto into an air tight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use it

It’s lovely stirred through spaghetti, or you can use it in sandwiches or toasties

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I topped my spaghetti with more dairy free parmesan. I bought this cheese from Holland and Barrett, it will last a good while, even after it’s opened. I love it for pasta and pesto

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How to store your pesto

I would suggest that you store your pesto in an ice cube tray in the freezer. That way you can defrost what you need, and no pesto will go to waste. I loath wasting food, and finding mouldy pesto in your fridge is a pain. So store it in the freezer to keep it for longer, and in an ice cube tray for easy to defrost portions of pesto

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