Radicchio Pesto Pasta


20190930_192202As you know, I love pesto. Its so easy and fresh and works with a lot of different foods. I recently heard about the concept of a pesto based on radicchio, the bitter red lettuce related to endive. While I was skeptical, I do like radicchio and have found it to be surprisingly pleasant in the right circumstances, so I decided to try it out with pasta, adding a quickly sauted shrimp for some added protein.

Radicchio Pesto Pasta

Radicchio Pesto

  • 20190930_1850553 cups roughly chopped radicchio
  • cup walnuts
  • cup grated parmesan
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  1. In a food processor, combine radicchio, cheese, nuts, and garlic until finely minced
  2. With machine running, stream in oil until pesto is loose and quite wet
  3. Season to taste with balsamic, salt and pepper. This will require a lot of salt!


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 20 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked al dente
  1. In a saute pan heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add red pepper flakes for 30 seconds, then add shrimp and cook until just pink, about 3 min per side.
  3. Toss the pasta with 2 cups pesto. Use pasta cooking water to get sauce to the desired consistency.
  4. Serve the pasta topped with the shrimp.


1/5 stars.1 star

Ugh. I am sorry, but I am not a convert to radicchio pesto. I like bitter flavors, but this was just so one-note and overwhelming! I could only eat a little bit of it at a time. I think Ill stick to eating my radicchio grilled with honey, thank you.

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