Anti-food waste carrot top pesto

serves 4


Just like beetroot and cauliflower leaves, carrot tops are great to whip up and eat as a versatile and tasty sauce. Try this recipe with pasta, drizzled over roasted veg – or simply dip with crudites. A great fuss-free way to reduce your food waste at home.

If you’re out of carrot tops, you can swap for basil leaves instead to use them up before they wilt.

Pot of green carrot top pesto, shown on bench top with small bunch of fresh carrots and leafy green carrot tops

3 Plant Points


  • 1 cup carrot tops (or basil leaves)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • Pinch of salt & pepper to taste


  1. Simply whizz up all of the ingredients in a blender, serve and enjoy!


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