Recipe: Foraged Nettle Pesto

I had some great help yesterday from a few good friends making a lovely Nettle Pesto, which we all enjoyed for the evening meal yesterday! We had nettle pesto with pasta with a bit of AlpKase on top : ) Foraging for nettles is an easy gentle forage to begin with as they are most places.

Its really easy and fun too! My friends and I donned sturdy gloves and went out to pick some nettle leaves for the pesto base. We got in total an average bags worth of nettles. After giving them a quick rinse of water to ensure no bugs or dirt were on them we went on with the recipe.


  • 1 bag full of Nettles
  • 1 cup of nuts (pine nuts, walnuts and almonds all work well – we used Pecans as one of my American friends had some left over from making brownies!)
  • A good glug of Olive Oil (Pumpkin oil would work well too)
  • Salt and Pepper for seasoning
  • 4-5 cloves garlic


  1. Blanche the nettle in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain and squeeze out excess moisture (this blanching takes away the sting).
  2. Cut the nuts up then toast in a small pan for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  3. Chop up the garlic finely and add to a small mixing bowl.
  4. Add the olive oil, salt, pepper to the garlic bowl.
  5. Chop the nettles thinly with clean scissors then add to the garlic mix. Stir well.
  6. Take the nuts off the heat and add to the garlic mixture.
  7. Stir everything together, taste and add more of oil/seasoning as required.

We had plain pasta with it and added a bit of cheese to the top : ) Also if you have a food processor you can just add all the ingredients to that (after blanching the nettles) and mix in seconds! This recipe is super easy and tasty and I hope to do other nettle recipes for the blog soon – in the meantime take a look at the Nettle Tart recipe also in the foraging section : ) Katy, The Good Life In Practice x

N.B Please try the recipe and let me know how you get on. Also just to be aware that if eating for the first time eat in small quantities and gradually make it a bigger part of your diet over a period of time. Also in large amounts it can be a diuretic.


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