I had been hoping to try my hand at cilantro pesto for a little while now, so I was pretty stoked when I stumbled across a fantastic deal at the market the other day. (Two bunches for $1! It looked like they were overstocked…that never happens.)
I may have been a little generous with the amount of nuts, so it came out with this really rich, roasted flavour. I also opted to add in a little bit of tahini. I have never had tahini in pesto before, but as long as you don’t add in so much as to overpower the flavour of the cilantro, it does add a very nice smooth and creamy texture.
- two bunches of cilantro
- a couple tbsp of tahini
- a big handful of nuts (cashews, almonds, and walnuts)
- a handful of pine nuts
- one clove of garlic
- a tad of dried onion
- crushed chilli
- salt and pepper
- just a few drops of sesame oil
…and blend lightly.
This cilantro pesto is fantastic not only with pasta, but roasted baby potatoes, or even a nice thick slice of baguette.