Recipes at Sound Food

Nettle Pesto Recipe

(adapted from The Splendid Table)

Makes approximately 2 cups

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 pound stinging nettles

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup pine nuts

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Fill a large pot halfway full with water. Add several pinches of salt and bring to a boil.

Fill the sink or a large bowl with cold water. Using gloves, submerge the nettles in the water and let them sit for 5 minutes. Remove the nettles and discard the water. Wearing rubber gloves, pull the leaves from the stems and discard the stems.

Put the nettles in the boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Drain and let cool. Squeeze out as much of the water as possible and coarsely chop.

In a food processor or with immersion blender, process the nettles with the garlic, pine nuts, and lemon juice until smooth.

With the machine running, pour in the olive oil. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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