Roasted Carrots with Spinach Parsley Pesto

I am imagining you have arrived on this page because you saw the photos and went “OH!” And that is an appropriate response to such a dazzling dish.

But lest this sound boastful, nuh uh. Not only did I not invent multi-colored carrots, I didn’t even grow these. I did roast them, but that is not really a brag worthy event. And I did make the spinach parsley pesto that got dolloped over them, but even that isn’t all that much to boast about. I mean, it’s not like I don’t have a food processor.

Roasted Carrots with Spinach Parsley Pesto

Here’s the scoop on how to get this gorgeousness in your kitchen. Procure some carrots. And try to make sure you get more than one color, though if you don’t, eh, you’re still going to have something beautiful and delicious. Cut them in half lengthwise.

Place them on a baking sheet.

Roasted Carrots with Spinach Parsley Pesto

Drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Toss to coat, and spread them out in a single layer. Roast them in a hot oven until they are a bit browned and tender and smell like the platonic ideal of carrots.

You can just serve them as is.

Roasted Carrots with Spinach Parsley Pesto

Or if you want to go one step further. Add something dollopy or drizzly to go with them. In this case I added spoonfuls of Spinach Parsley Pesto, and it was so colorful and delicious that I may have this be my cold weather side dish of the season.

Carrots get roasted up with some olive oil and salt for a spectacular side - or add some Spinach-Parsley pesto for even more flavor and drama.

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You could also try dolloping and drizzling items from these recipes:

 

Roasted Carrots with Spinach Parsley Pesto

Roasted Carrots with Spinach Parsley Pesto

A veritable rainbow on the plate.
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots preferably multi-colored, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Spinach Parsley Pesto

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Slice the carrots in half lengthwise. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle over the olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and toss the carrots so they are well coated with the oil. Spread them out in a single layer. Roast for about 20 minutes until they are tender but not soft, and browned along the edges.
  • Either serve as is, or drizzle over the Spinach Parsley Pesto or another sauce of your choice (see recipe intro for suggestions) and serve hot, warm, or room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 152.23kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 12.49g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1.65mg | Sodium: 245.49mg | Potassium: 241.91mg | Fiber: 2.45g | Sugar: 4.25g | Vitamin A: 13046.15IU | Vitamin C: 4.46mg | Calcium: 58.22mg | Iron: 0.35mg

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