Sunday, 20 January 2013

Pesto of Sweet Red Peppers

We went to Ikea today and apart from buying loads of candles, we also bought some huge white – of course – pasta / salad / serving / whatever use plates, which I absolutely HAVE to use tonight. For spaghetti. I was going to make a rocket pesto but when I looked into the fridge, there were these gorgeous, shiny sweet red peppers and I just couldn't resist (I can't stand bell peppers because I think they taste of plastic, not sure why but they do).
You can make this recipe with less garlic but the whole bulb garlic just lends itself to being used in abundance.

4 sweet red peppers
1 whole bulb garlic
1 tsp fennel seeds
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
approx. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil

1. Half the peppers lengthways and deseed. Season cut side up with pepper and salt. Peel and coarsely grate the garlic.

2. Scatter the garlic and fennel seeds in a roasting tray, place the peppers on top cut side down, season with more black peppers and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic.

3. Cook at 200-220 °C/gas mark 7 for 20-30 minutes. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then zap in a food processor or with a hand blender adding another tablespoon of olive oil.

If you don't use all of the pesto store in a sterilised screw top jar covered with oil for up to four weeks in the fridge.


  1. Lecker! Danke! So ein tolles Rezept. Ich bin ein Pestofan! LG, éva

    1. Freut mich, hast du es ausprobiert? Ich habe gestern den Rest in ein Brot getan, das schmeckt auch lecker. Rezept kommt noch. LG

    2. Éva, ganz bald kommt auf meinem anderen Blog ein Beitrag mit dem Titel "Pesto! Pesto! Pesto!". LG