Homemade Eggplant Pesto (Gluten-Free)

Eggplants (or aubergines like I love to call them) are one of the easiest veggies to cook. They remind me of summer and my grandma. She had a big veg garden and during the summer we always had those amazing tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. 

These beauties of a vegetable are creamy, smokey, and definitely not flavour boring. They are versatile, you can use them in so many recipes. I use them very often, especially when I don't have time and I need to add something healthy on my plate. The skin is full of anti-oxidants, and they are low in calories. So here is one of my favourite pesto recipes. An excellent spread or base for a sauce. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 eggplants
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1 cup parmesan flakes
  • sea salt, chilli flakes

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Cut eggplants into round thick slices, add a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. 
  3. Bake for 30'.
  4. Let the eggplants cool for 1o'.
  5. Add the eggplants and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor. The pesto is ready!
  6. Taste the paste and season if needed.  
  7. Put the pesto in a glass jar. You can keep it in the fridge for 3 days. 

NOTES

- Choose for smaller eggplants, they tend to be more tender.

- Cut them in thick slices because eggplants shrink when cooked. 

- I believe that pesto is about personal taste, and which ingredients you like to stand out more. So season, or use the ingredients I mention here, depending on your taste preference. Less or more lemon, seasoning, nuts, etc. 


Enjoy this goodness with pasta, on toast, or in a salad. 

Eat good, feel good.

Sofia

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