Pasta with carrot pesto – easy recipe

Pasta with carrot pesto – easy recipe

By 09/04/2018

Pesto with carrots? Oh yes please! This is healthy, delicious and very tasty indeed. Spring is here and I am on the look for delicious and healthy meals for the family.

All you do is whizzing the carrots with walnuts and basil in a blender. Add enough olive oil to get a nice and smooth creamy sauce and your pesto is ready.

I have also added a little bit of bacon to add extra flavour. It gives a kick to this dish but of course you can just leave it out if you prefer a vegetarian meal. Make sure you use good quality ingredients and good olive oil too.



  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 12 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the pasta al dente.

Peel the carrots and put them in a processor with the walnuts, a pinch of salt and the basil leaves. Whiz and add 4 tbsp of olive oil and a little warm water enough to get a smooth consistency.

Cooking bacon with rosemary

In a pan stir fry the garlic with 2 tbsp of olive oil, the rosemary and the chopped bacon. Brown the bacon for 3 to 4 minutes then remove the garlic and the rosemary. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the carrot pesto. Mix well.

Serve with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

Pasta with carrot and walnut pesto

Spaghetti with carrot pesto


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18 Responses to Pasta with carrot pesto – easy recipe

  1. gloria

    what delicious a carrot pesto ! Im sure my daugther will love this! xo

    • Alida

      It is perfect for children!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love to use roasted carrots making sauces! This looks delicious and so healthy too.

    • Alida

      Thanks Angie, it was a good meal for the family.

  3. elisabetta

    Love this recipe. Just when you thought that the humble but noble carrot was boring along comes this pesto. I can’t wait to try it out. Grazie Alida.

    • Alida

      It is a very tasty sauce especially with the bacon!

  4. Marcellina

    What a revelation! I would never have thought of using a vegetable in place of the herbs in a pesto but this is ingenious!

    • Alida

      Thanks Marcellina 🙂

  5. La cucina di Molly

    Fantastico, non conoscevo questa versione di pesto alle carote, deve essere buonissimo, grazie per la condivisione! Buon proseguimento di giornata, baci!

    • Alida

      Un abbraccio e buona giornata anche a te

  6. 2pots2cook

    Never made carrot pesto but your idea seems like an excellent combination (bacon included). Thank you Alida !

    • Alida

      The bacon gives such a kick to this sauce!

  7. Stella Hampers

    This looks so simple and delicious! I can’t wait to try it for a lovely dinner.

    • Alida

      Well worth it!

  8. Frank

    Sounds lovely. I recently experimented with another non-basil pesto (peas) and liked it very much. Will try this, too, soon.

    • Alida

      Definitely worth it!

  9. Chiara

    per me il pesto di carote è una novità, mi hai dato una splendida idea, grazie ! buona settimana, un bacione

    • Alida

      Lo faccio spesso quando non so che sugo preparare e piace sempre in casa mia

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