Bright Green Pasta Pesto with Crispy Ham

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The secret ingredient that will keep your pesto a brilliant bright green every time.




  1. In a dry skillet, cook ham until most slices are golden brown and crispy.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving about 1/2 cup pasta water. Keep pasta warm.
  3. While pasta is cooking, place all remaining ingredients except carrot and basil leaves in food processor; push 5 times.
  4. Add carrot leaves and basil leaves. Pulse just a few times- about 2-3 times – until pesto is combined and leaves are finely chopped.
  5. Place pasta in serving bowl and stir in amount of desired pesto; add a little pasta water if pasta seems dry. Top with crispy ham.