Special Diet

Ingredients
  • 4 small potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 8 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 75 g (3 oz) blanched almonds
  • large bunch of flat leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 150 ml (¼ pint) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper
Directions

Cut the potatoes and onion into wedges and the carrots and parsnips into quarters. Put in a large roasting tin to fit in a single layer. Add the garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, oil and salt and pepper and stir well until evenly coated. Roast in a preheated oven, 220°C (425°F), Gas Mark 7, for 50 minutes–1 hour until browned and tender, stirring halfway through.

Meanwhile, make the pesto. Heat a heavy-based frying pan until hot, add the almonds and cook over a medium heat, stirring, for 3–4 minutes until browned. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.

Put the almonds in a mortar or food processor, add the parsley, garlic and salt and pepper and grind with a pestle or process to form a coarse paste. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the oil and Parmesan and adjust the seasoning.

Serve the roast vegetables hot with the pesto.

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