Today I am making a delicious new pesto using ingredients found in every Mediterranean kitchen.
Basil is at the peak of its season right now and instead of pine nuts, I use roasted chickpeas and I am swapping the parmessan with feta.
And you will need :
A bunch of fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup roasted chickpeas
1/2 cup feta cheese, cut into small pieces or crumbled
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons water
I use a hand blender
Blend all the ingredients in a large bowl until the mixture is smooth and consistent.
Taste and adjust the flavor and texture by adding more olive oil and water as necessary.
if you are using it with pasta, it should not be too thick.
I like to serve mine immediately.
Cook the spaghetti according to instructions on the packet. Allow 80g to 110g per portion depending on appetites.
Drain and add the pesto while the pasta is still hot.