Kale and Carrot-Top Pesto Roasted Potatoes

This Kale and Carrot-top Pesto Roasted Potatoes are the perfect side dish to any meal. Kale and carrot tops add a robust and garlicky flavor to this pesto which will have you going back for more.  If you are like me you are always looking for a tasty new way to cook up a side dish. This one is so delish and super easy! If you have been following along around here you know quick and flavorful is my jam. Plus, it’s a great way to use up some of those things you usually would just toss out. I have an abundance of carrot tops from my garden at this time of year and it is great way to not let them go to waste.

Pesto Roasted Potatoes

Also, did you know pesto freezes amazingly? So if you have 10 minutes grab some carrots with the tops next time you are at the grocery store and make some pesto ahead of time to have handy for a quick weeknight meal. You can freeze it in ice cube trays, small bags (I love these stashers) or even jars, just leave a little room for it to expand. This pesto is packed with vitamins and flavor. I love it on pizza, sandwiches or pasta as well.

Carrot Top Pesto Potatoes

Putting it together

Begin by washing and then chopping your potatoes into bite sized pieces. A uniform size does help with more even roasting. I usually go for about 1-2 inch sized pieces. On a prepared baking sheet add potatoes and drizzle with olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Preheat your oven to 425 and roast for 20-30 minutes until golden and tender, flipping halfway thru.

While the potatoes are roasting. On a cutting board Remove the stems from your carrot tops and set them aside. Next, take your kale and remove the stems and veins. I like to use a knife to do this or my hands by grabbing the end of the kale and sliding my fingers up the stem all the leaves come right off. Once you have removed the stems and veins roughly chop the kale.


Pesto Roasted Potatoes

In a blender or food processor, place your nuts, garlic, carrot tops and chopped kale. Pulse until it is finely minced. Next, add the parmesan cheese and olive oil pulse until incorporated. Adding additional olive oil until you get to your desired thickness. It should be on the thicker side but a spreadable consistency.

Coat the roasted potatoes with pesto to your liking and sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese and serve.

Any leftover pesto is good for about week or so in the refrigerator, or freeze for next time.

Carrot Top Pesto Potatoes

Lastly, if you make the Kale and Carrot Top Pesto Roasted Potatoes, be sure to leave a comment, or give this recipe a rating! I’d love to hear from you. If you do make this recipe, please tag me on Instagram! I love seeing the images of the recipes you make!



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Pesto Roasted Potatoes

Kale and Carrot Top Pesto Roasted Potatoes



1/2 C. Carrot tops

2 C. Leafy Kale

1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded

68 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil

4 Tbsp. Pine nuts or slivered almonds

3 Garlic cloves

Salt & pepper to taste

46 medium/large yukon gold potatoes


1. Wash and chop potatoes into bite sized pieces. Place on a prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Roast in 425 oven for 20-30 minutes until golden and tender, flipping halfway thru.

2. Remove stems from carrot tops and set aside. Then remove stems and veins from kale. Roughly chopping kale.

3. In a blender or food processor place nuts, garlic, carrot tops and chopped kale. Pulse until it is until minced.

4. Add parmesan cheese and 6 Tbsp. olive oil and blend until incorporated. Add additional olive oil to desired thickness. It should be on the thicker side but spreadable consistency.

5. Lightly toss the pesto to your likely with the roasted potatoes and sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese and serve.

6. Freeze extra pesto for next time.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven

Keywords: Potatoes, Side Dish, Vegetable, Pesto

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  1. Erin says:

    So surprised, the flavors were so wonderful definitely making this again.

  2. Nancy says:

    Delicious and wholesome. Thanks for the recipe

  3. Kristina says:

    These potatoes were wonderful.

  4. Rupali says:

    What a wholesome delicious recipe!

  5. Sabrina says:

    Perfect! This is easy and really tasty, thanks!

  6. Jerika says:

    Yum! These Kale and Carrot-Top Pesto Roasted Potatoes are so delish! Thanks!:)

  7. James says:

    Nice healthy recipe

  8. James says:

    Perfect for a week night meal

  9. Mikayla says:

    Roasted potatoes are one of our all time favorite side dishes. The pesto was a wonderful addition and we will have it again.

  10. Mary says:

    Really nice roasted vegetable side dish. I love the carrot top pesto!

  11. Tracy says:

    Thanks for our new favorite potato recipe! The combos of flavors are amazing! My whole family loved this, thank you!

  12. Jenny says:

    Such an original and beautiful side dish! I love the flavor combinations. Planning to serve these roasted potatoes with steaks next time we grill. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  13. Dani says:

    I am all about reducing kitchen waste and this carrot top pesto is amazing! Highly recommend this recipe

  14. Juliette says:

    Thanks for this recipe! Carrot tops are so underrated. I love that you created a carrot top pesto recipe with them, that’s so cool. I swapped the dairy for vegan versions and used pine nuts as you suggested. This pesto is really yummy. Thank you. 🙂

  15. Raquel says:

    Loved this simple and tasty side dish,

  16. Leslie says:

    I love this flavor combination. Perfect pairing for the most delicious, perfect potatoes! Classic recipe!

  17. Ksenia says:

    I make carrot top pesto often, and your idea of putting it on top of potatoes was amazing! Loved the flavors here

  18. Amy says:

    What a great idea for carrot tops. I love using all of the vegetables I buy and this was such a unique and delicious recipe.

  19. LaKita says:

    These potatoes are so comforting, flavorful, and delicious. Such a great way to use carrot tops and reduce food waste!!

  20. Allyssa says:

    Super loved this for side dish! Perfect for gatherings! Loved how flavorful it is! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! Highly recommended!

  21. ramona says:

    I am drawn to this recipe because of the amazing flavors and combinations that are added into this. I really cant wait to make this, thank you for sharing this recipe!

  22. kyleigh says:

    So easy to make and super yummy!

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  24. Laura says:

    I made this pesto with some fresh basil added and served it with tortellini instead of potatoes. It was delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I was glad to find a good one for using up home grown carrot tops and kale at the end of the growing season. It made enough for me to freeze some for later.

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