Creamy Cauliflower and Almond Pesto with Fresh Thyme

December 18, 2013

Pesto sauces can be greatly improved by simply cooking some of the ingredients before blending them together, as in this recipe for cauliflower-almond pesto from Okie Dokie Artichokie. Cooked cauliflower creates a smooth, nutty flavor further enhanced by raw almonds. Garlic, anchovy and Parmesan add sweet and salty notes — just enough to hug a heap of perfectly salted noodles.

Creamy Cauliflower and Almond Pesto

4 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup olive oil
1 fat garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon minced shallot
2 anchovy filets (the kind packed in olive oil)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 cup cauliflower cooking water
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup raw, whole almonds
1 teaspoon sea salt
A few grindings fresh black pepper

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