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Roasted Garlic and Parsley Pesto

Over the weekend I intended to make some hummus. Fava bean hummus with rosemary to be exact. I've done it before and it's fantastic. I dip huge chunks of fennel in it.

But....there's always a but, isn't there? Well, the fava beans went bad. Very bad. The kind of bad that makes you think, how can this happen to a bean?

As I was erasing all evidence of outlaw fava beans (and watching Sons of Anarchy), I thought what now? I've got all this ammo and no one to shoot! No wait, I mean I've got all this....oh you get it.

In fact this is what I had:

1 lemon
1 head of garlic
fresh rosemary
fresh Italian parsley
pine nuts

I stared at the head of garlic, contemplating the possibilities. The garlic regarded me peacefully....willing me to ROAST IT.

So I did. And then I threw it in the food processor with the above ingredients, olive oil, salt and pepper and smeared it ALL over that prosciutto bread from Madonia Brothers Bakery and called myself a genius.

Because I was. And you will be too if you can follow these simple instructions:

What You Need:
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 head of garlic, roasted (roasting instructions listed here)
fresh rosemary (as much as you want, I used about 1 tablespoon chopped)
fresh Italian parsley (I used an entire bunch, about 1 cup chopped)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup olive oil (more if you think you need it)
salt and pepper to taste

What To Do:

Squeeze the freshly roasted garlic insides out of their papery wrappers and into a food processor or blender.

Add the lemon juice and all the remaining ingredients.

Whirl it around until a nice paste forms.

Give it a taste to see if you've seasoned appropriately. At this point you can add either salt, pepper, olive oil or all three.

Throw it on some toasted bread wedges, put some Sons of Anarchy DVDs in and have yourself a party.