Bell Pepper Pesto with Purple Basil
What to do with jar of bell peppers? Turn it into a simple pesto recipe that is easy to make.
Adjust to taste
extra virgin olive oil
bell pepper strips
1/2 of a 16oz jar or 1 cup or roasted bell peppers
Roast the pine nuts stove top. Roast for about 1 minute to bring out the natural oils and flavors.
In a food processor, blend half of the basil first
Add the remaining basil, roasted pine nuts, salt and extra virgin olive oil
Scrap down the sides of the processor
Blend until it's a pesto consistency
Add the bell pepper strips and blend until pureed.
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Pine nuts can be used sparingly on a keto diet.
You can use the bell pepper strips or the big bell pepper pieces that come in a jar.
Make sure you wash the jarred bell pepper because it comes with other flavors like vinegar, etc.
This is a vegan pesto recipe, but you can always make it vegetarian by adding fresh Parmesan. You can also add a tsp of ground flax seed.
Tranfer it to a glass jar after you have made it. Storing it in a glass jar will keep it fresh longer
You can also freeze it and it will last for 6 months.
If you don't have pine nuts, you can use almonds or walnuts. Make sure to grind them first.
I always like to blend half of the basil first. This way, I can be sure that it will be blended evenly. It's not important step, but I like doing it that way.
Sometimes, I will make it spicy by adding red pepper flakes or a spicy pepper in it.
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