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Weekly CSA Recipe:
Spicy Winter Greens Pesto

This spicy winter pesto is scented with orange zest and rosemary.

February 3, 2017

Weekly CSA Recipe

When I arrived at the Historic Y to pick up my Tucson CSA share on Wednesday night, I was immediately thankful. Thankful that I live in the Sonoran Desert, where the mild weather allows local farmers to grow beautiful and bountiful produce all winter long. Thankful for the kind, knowledgeable Tucson CSA volunteers who are happy to tell me the name of each kind of produce, where it originates from, and how to use it. Thankful for the fact that that I didn’t ride my bike because, let’s be honest, seven ginormous oranges, four bags of winter greens, and a head of broccoli are just a little too much to fit in my modest backpack. Picking up my Tucson CSA share every week is a grand reminder of what I love most about Tucson: the people, the food, and the weather. This Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is another thing that reminds me of the character of Tucson.

Spicy Winter Greens Pesto

Like Tucson, this Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is full of wonderful things. It’s packed with parmesan cheese, garlic, rosemary, spicy winter greens, local pecans, citrusy orange zest, and a good dose of olive oil. Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is truly a reflection of the bounty of winter produce that thrives in Southern Arizona right now. Although there isn’t a leaf of basil to be found, this pesto is as flavorful as you could ever want a pesto to be.

Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is great on bread.

I like this Spicy Winter Greens Pesto right off the spoon, but it’s also great smothered on a piece of rustic bread, dolloped on a pizza, and tossed with pasta. Or, toss it with some root vegetables before or after roasting them. Whichever way you choose to eat it, Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is sure to make you glad for the taste and freshness of local produce.

Spicy Winter Greens Pesto
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Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Spicy Winter Greens Pesto
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cup
Instructions
  1. Turn the food processor on high and drop the cloves of garlic through the shoot one at a time, until they are minced.
  2. Turn the food processor off and add the parmesan, pecans, and rosemary leaves to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped. This may require scraping down the side of the bowl every few pulses.
  3. Add the spicy greens, orange zest, sea salt, and pepper to the food processor. Pulse until the greens are minced and all of the ingredients are evenly distrubuted.
  4. Turn the food processor on low and slowly drizzle the olive oil through the shoot. Scrape the sides of the bowl and pulse the mixture a few more times. Taste and add additional seasonings as necessary.
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Spicy Winter Greens Pesto
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Spicy Winter Greens Pesto
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cup 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cup
Instructions
  1. Turn the food processor on high and drop the cloves of garlic through the shoot one at a time, until they are minced.
  2. Turn the food processor off and add the parmesan, pecans, and rosemary leaves to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped. This may require scraping down the side of the bowl every few pulses.
  3. Add the spicy greens, orange zest, sea salt, and pepper to the food processor. Pulse until the greens are minced and all of the ingredients are evenly distrubuted.
  4. Turn the food processor on low and slowly drizzle the olive oil through the shoot. Scrape the sides of the bowl and pulse the mixture a few more times. Taste and add additional seasonings as necessary.
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