Carrot green and Walnut Pesto Pasta

Got home delivery of some these beautiful carrots from whole food and luckily the lush green was intact and looked absolutely gorgeous. I have been wanting to take a a good picture of carrot with it’s beautiful greens for a while. Since I as always buy my groceries from the local Indian market where the greens are almost always removed, never got the chance. I had to take a click and my minion gang was happy to lend a hand. Shot in natural light early evening. Then

Like green tops of many veggies, carrot tops are also edible. Among many health benefits they are full of Vitamin and fiber. The green tops have distinctive flavors and textures. Not particularly tasty on it’s own ( at least in my opinion) but paired with other ingredients it tastes very good. Veggie greens like radish and beet leaves are typically used in making dals, chutneys and sabzi in Indian cuisine.

Carrot greens can be used in salads, sauces or sautéd with veggies. One of the popular sauces is Pesto and I have been inspired by few instagram posts to try this carrot green pesto. I made my pesto with a mix of ingredients I had handy – Carrot greens, Walnuts, garlic, Roasted jalapenos and basil. It turned out pretty tasty and spicy, just the way I like it. I have been pairing and enjoying it on some really yummy recipes…

Now what do you do when you have a beautiful looking Pesto sauce staring at you …. You make yummailicious Pesto pasta. I made this very simple Caramelized onion-tomato Spaghetti with the Carrot green and Walnut Pesto.
This is was one of the best pastas I have had in a while ( considering the house arrest 😆)… but seriously it was pretty good and the kids who are team red sauce loved this. Are you team Red , Green or white when it comes to Pasta?? I am def team Green 💪💪…

For the pasta dish, all you do is caramelize some Yellow onions, and some baby tomatoes. Then add in the Pesto, cooked pasta and give it a good mix. Garnish with some green basil and enjoy this really yummy pasta… perfect for a relaxed weekday dinner……

Can you use any other green top for the pesto. Yes, beet greens and radish greens also works well in pesto. Check out other similar recipes ThinCrust Salad Pizza and Kale Salad /w Spicy Sesame – Ginger Vinaigrette

Carrot green and Walnut Pesto Spaghetti

A very simple and easy Caramelized onion-tomato Spaghetti with the Carrot green and Walnut Pesto is perfect for a relaxed meal.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Pasta
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author ramyaanagu


Carrot green and Walnut Pesto Sauce

  • 1 cup Carrot greens
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1 tsp Pine nuts
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 nos Jalapeños roasted
  • 4 Tbs Lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Carrot green and Walnut Pesto Spaghetti

  • 1 pack Spaghetti
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1/2 cup Cherry tomates
  • pepper crushed to taste
  • water to boil


Pesto sauce

  • Roast the Jalapeños in open flame or in the oven
  • Add Carrot greens walnuts, Pine nuts, Jalapeños, garlic, lemon juice, into a blender
  • Grind it to a course paste. add oil when grinding
  • now add salt and give it a quick mix

For Pasta

  • In a pan add some oil and saute the caramelized onions. It should turn translucent and glossy. adding salt to the onion speeds the cooking process
  • Now add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook it for 3 -5 mins.
  • Once done add the pesto sauce as needed and let the mix come together and mix well
  • Meanwhile boil about 10 -15 cups of water ( enough for the pasta)
  • Once the water comes to a boil add the spaghetti and cook it for 10 mins
  • Once it's cooked fish out the pasta and add it to the pesto onion sauce
  • give it a good mix. add crushed pepper as needed.
  • Pasta is ready to be served.

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