I recently took a trip to the grocery store with the intent to buy some things that I just cannot remember at this moment. However, I did come across these lovely peppers that I have never tried before. It just screamed pesto, to me.
They were cubanelle peppers which is a variety of sweet (mild) peppers, similar in taste and texture to bell peppers. However, its walls are slightly thinner than the bell peppers which makes for faster cooking. I roasted these peppers in the toaster over for a short time, then made the pesto, and tossed it with some pasta. Pasta is definitely one of my favourite ways to eat pesto.
I also used some basil in this pesto, but not enough to overpower the peppers. Using little is important since basil has a very strong flavour while these peppers are quite mild.
Sweet Pepper (Cubanelle/Bell) Pesto
- Two large Peppers (about 250g in total)
- 1 C. loosely packed Basil
- 2 medium-large cloves Garlic
- 1/8 C. favourite Nut, toasted (optional)
- 1 oz. Parmesan Cheese
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
- Olive Oil
- Roast the pepper on medium heat in the oven until soft and slightly charred.
- Remove stems and seeds of the peppers and slice into a couple of pieces.
- In a food processor or blender (I used the Magic Bullet), pulse garlic with a few drops of oil until it is a fine paste.
- Add peppers, basil, nuts, a little salt and pepper, and parmesan. Drizzle olive oil as you blend mixture into a smooth paste/sauce.
- Adjust seasonings to taste.
I used this pesto in a light but tasty pasta dish. I sauteed some polish sausage slices in a little butter, added some farfalle and the pesto, and topped it off with some tiny feta cubes. If serving the pesto with feta, remember it's a salty cheese, so use salt sparingly in the pesto.
It was quite good. Light and clean tasting, but still filling.