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Hazelnut Garlic Pesto

A lovely pesto to stir into a pot of pasta, schmear on toast, or toss with roasted veggies.


  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, cubed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus additional for roasting garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • optional: a few sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated in hot water; a handful of kalamata olives; a bunch of parsley, stems and all; an anchovy; or some combination thereof


  • Place hazelnuts on a pan in the oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Allow hazelnuts to toast for 12-15 minutes while the oven preheats.
  • Slice off a small section from the pointy top of the garlic bulb off, so that a bit of each clove is exposed. Place garlic on a square of aluminum foil. Rub a bit of olive oil around the bulb, sprinkle some salt, and wrap up tightly in foil. Roast in oven until cloves are soft, about 40 minutes. (Hot tip: go ahead and roast a few cloves at once. They keep in the fridge for a while, and they’re lovely in everything from salad dressing to soup to scrambled eggs). Once roasted, it’s easy to remove the garlic cloves from their papery skin.
  • In a blender, pulse roasted garlic cloves, hazelnuts, parmesan, salt, pepper, and any optional add-ins. Once blended into a uniform coarse crumble, add olive oil and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
  • To store, pour a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto and place, tightly sealed, in fridge. Keeps for several weeks.