Heirloom Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto
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Heirloom Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

The carrot tops are used to make the pesto, and the natural sweetness of the carrots get intensified when air fried, making this a truly amazing recipe.
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40 mins total time

20 mins active time


Serves 4



  • heirloom carrot icon
    1½ lb heirloom carrots

    with tops on

  • olive oil icon
    2 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt icon
    1 tsp kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper icon
    Freshly ground black pepper

    to season

For the pesto

  • finely grated parmesan cheese icon
    ½ cup (1½ oz) finely grated parmesan cheese
  • shelled pistachios icon
    ¼ cup (1 oz) shelled pistachios
  • clove garlic icon
    2 cloves garlic


  • extra-virgin olive oil icon
    ½ cup (4 fl oz) extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt icon
    ½ tsp kosher salt


  • 1Trim the carrot tops, remove and discard the tough stems, keeping only the tender tops. Thoroughly wash the tops and pat dry between paper towels.
  • 2Blend 1 1/3 cups of the carrot tops with the pesto ingredients into a chunky paste. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • 3Insert the wire rack into position 6. Set the oven to Roast, Super Convection, 400°F, for 20 minutes and press Start to preheat. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 4Gently scrape the carrots to remove any dirt, wash and drain well on paper towels. The tender skin on heirloom carrots does not need to be peeled.
  • 5Place the carrots in a bowl, add the oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place in a single layer in the roasting pan.
  • 6Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  • 7The carrots should be tender when pierced with a knife. The knife should easily slide in without any resistance. If not, cook them a little longer.
  • 8Spoon the pesto over the carrots and serve.
Side dish/Accompaniment
Gluten Free
Dairy Free

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