I absolutely adore pesto. And luckily for me, it takes nanoseconds to make, which is about all the time I’ve had to spend in the kitchen lately. If this blog is any indication of how often I’ve been cooking, it’s pretty obvious that…well…I haven’t been. It’s pretty hard to maintain a food blog when you don’t have any time to cook. Anyway…
I came up with this recipe one night when crunched for time and craving something other than a bowl of cereal. And it’s super good. Fresh basil goodness with a punch of saltiness from the Parmesan and capers. I think you’ll adore it just as much as I do.
Roasted Potatoes with Pesto and Capers (makes 2 main courses or 4 side dish portions)
What you need:
- 4 decent-sized Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut in to 3/4″ cubes
- 5 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
- 2 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves, plus more (the smaller leaves) for garnish
- 1 handful of nuts, toasted (I used almonds because that’s what I had, but you can use pretty much anything)
- 1 handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
- 1 clove of garlic, smashed
- The juice of half a lemon
- 2 tablespoons capers, drained
- Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Toss cubed potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out on foil-lined baking sheet and roast, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are browned and cooked through — approximately 20-25 minutes.
- While potatoes are roasting, combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, basil, toasted nuts,Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor and blitz until very well blended. I like my pesto on the thicker side, but if you’d like it thinner just add more olive oil and blitz again.
- Once the potatoes are done roasting, put them in a mixing bowl and add the pesto. Carefully toss everything together until the potatoes are well coated. Stir capers into the mixture and test for seasoning. I usually add more pepper at this stage.
- Divide potatoes into serving bowls and top each with a small basil leaf and some fresh Parmesan before serving.