Non-Traditional Pesto

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    I was craving pesto this afternoon but didn’t have any of the usual ingredients, so I came up with this version with what was available in the fridge! Turned out super delicious — definitely going to serve this during Lunar New Year’s this year.


    • 1.5 cups of snow pea leaves

    • 2 small scallions chopped

    • 4 garlic cloves + 2 tbsps oil

    • 3 tbsps sesame seed paste (tahini)

    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

    • 1/4 cup or more of olive oil

    • Salt and pepper to taste

    • 1 serving of noodles/pasta

    • 1 tbsp butter (optional)


    • Boil the snow pea leaves for 3 mins in heavily salted water.

    • Drain and add to a food processor, along with scallions.

    • Heat up the oil in a pot, then drop in the 4 garlic cloves. Fry until cloves are browned.

    • Add the garlic cloves to the food process, then drizzle in sesame seed paste.

    • Grate in the parmesan, add a pinch of salt and pepper, then your olive oil.

    • Blend until smooth, adding a bit more olive oil for a smoother texture.

    • Once blended, cook your noodles or pasta according to package instructions.

    • Leave 1/4 cup of pasta water in the pan, then toss the pasta with the “pesto”. Add 1 tbsp of butter for a slight sweetness and gloss.

    • Serve with more parmesan and freshly cracked black pepper.