grilled vegetables with pesto

grilled vegetables with pesto

These grilled mediterranean vegetables with pesto would make a lovely side for chicken, beef or fish. Tonight however we made them the star of the show, pairing them with lemon couscous and a lightly dressed rocket. It made for a rustic, satisfying meal – we didn’t miss the meat at all!

Grilled Vegetables with Pesto
serves 2

1 aubergine
1 courgette
1 large vine tomato
75ml olive oil
1 bunch basil
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 heaped tbsp grated parmesan
freshly ground black pepper
salt

Preheat the oven to 220°C.

Cut the vegetables in half lengthways, and score the flesh of the aubergine and courgette in a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife. Season cut sides with salt and pepper, then brush liberally with some of the olive oil.

Place the aubergine on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes. Then add the courgette and tomato to the tray and bake for a further 10 minutes.

While the vegetables are cooking make the pesto. Put the basil, pine nuts, garlic and some salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse to a paste. Slowly add the olive oil until combined. Pour mixture into a bowl and stir in the parmesan.

When the vegetables are done, remove from the oven and spread the pesto generously over them. Just before serving quickly flash under a hot grill to colour the pesto topping.

Pesto on Foodista  Courgette on Foodista  Aubergine on Foodista

~ by gourmettraveller on October 10, 2009.

4 Responses to “grilled vegetables with pesto”

  1. Oh yes, pesto is so versatile. I still have some left from the summer basil crop. You should try this if you have any left: Shrimp and Pasta Pesto Alfredo http://cajunchefryan.rymocs.com/blog2/recipes/shrimp-pasta-pesto-alfredo/
    Cheers,
    Cajun Chef Ryan (CCR) =:~)

  2. Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

  3. Looks great! Love the simple goodness of it

  4. wow I make veges all the time and I have never thought of putting pesto in them! so smart and yummy!

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