Gruffalo Pesto - Hazelnut & Zucchini Autumn Treat
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
Loved by my toddler, this autumn pesto is dedicated to one of our heroes, the hazelnut loving little brown mouse in The Gruffalo.
  • 6 Courgettes
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 8 Basil Leaves
  • 24 Hazelnuts
  1. Cut the zucchini into quarters and then into chunky pieces and fry in a bath of olive oil with the garlic. It is this which emulsifies the sauce so don't skimp on this as it is sooooo good for you!
  2. Shell and deskin your hazelnuts if they're fresh by putting then in a bowl of boiling water after removing the shell. If you have bought them in a packet put put them into directly into a heavy bottomed pan to toast.
  3. In a jug pour your zucchini mixture, add your hazelnuts and basil and whizz with a hand blender till smooth.
  4. Dress your chosen pasta with this
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Serving size: 4
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