Stinging Nettle Pesto

"I've been using nettles lately and found this recipe on the internet but not sure where. It looks really good and would be great served over pasta."
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  • Steam the nettle.
  • Once that is done remove from the steamer and let sit for a few minutes to drain.
  • Put the steamed nettle into the food processor and add all the other ingredients except the olive oil. Turn on the machine and process then slowly add the olive oil in a small stream into the ingredients until used up.
  • You should have a nice smooth sauce when done.
  • Mix over your favourite hot pasta and add a little more cheese if desired.
  • Enjoy with a glass of chilled wine and garlic bread.
  • Bon Appetit.

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  1. I followed this recipe word for word but found I did not have to use as much olive oil as called for. It came out unbelievably delicious. I make basil pesto when it is in season and have made a pesto based on parsley in the past. I never thought to make one from stinging nettle, and what a wonderful way to use this ultra-healthy green in season and to celebrate Springtime. My children and husband give it two thumbs up, as well, and would give it more than that if they had more thumbs! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe -- Bravo / Brava!


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