Not sure about you, but my fridge is currently loaded to overflowing. So many things coming out of the garden (and the CSA box, and the neighbour’s garden) with greens on top that almost take up more room than the things themselves – the beets and carrots, mostly. I manage to cook beet greens sometimes, and always hate throwing the carrot tops away, but once in awhile I manage to turn them into a batch of pesto. Yes! They’re green and good for you.
I love a bunch of carrots with their tops. If you trim the feathery green leaves, you can use them just like any other leafy greens you’d use to make pesto – I like adding a handful of fresh basil, if it’s around, to give it a more pesto-y flavour, and beyond that it’s just nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese, with a glug of olive oil to loosen everything up. Creamy nuts, if that makes sense, are the best – pine nuts are currently about the same price as platinum, so you could substitute cashews or walnuts. Or almonds, if that’s what you have. The garlic is also at its best, sticky and garlicky (it isn’t always!), and if you have some smooth garlic scapes lingering in the fridge with no particular destination, pesto is a perfect vehicle. Extra-aged Gouda is also amazing in place of the Parmesan.
If you wind up with too much pesto to use in a reasonable length of time, I like to make a sort of pesto chain for the freezer by dropping spoonfuls intermittently on a strip of plastic wrap, folded in half lengthwise. You fold the plastic over it and twist in between each blob, making links of pesto you can freeze. When you need some pesto, snip a blob off the end.