Pesto is a typical sauce that is used in Italy, but tahini pesto is an original Middle Eastern dish. This tahini recipe will show you how to make tahini pesto with 3 main points: the ingredients, preparation, and serving ideas.
Tahini can be made by grinding roasted or raw sesame seeds into a paste using a mortar and pestle or food processor. The ingredients for tahini are olive oil, garlic cloves, cumin powder (optional), salt/pepper (to taste).
Preparing tahini takes about 5 minutes of prep time before cooking on the stovetop. Once it has finished simmering until thickened (about 15-20 minutes) you can add it to your dish. Tahini paste can also be used as a dip on its own or added to other dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush, tzatziki sauce, and more.
One popular way to enjoy tahini pesto is with pasta. Cook the pasta of your choice al dente according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, heat tahini paste in a saucepan on low heat. Add crushed garlic cloves and stir until warm all over (about 30 seconds). Stir frequently to avoid burning tahini or garlic cloves.
When ready, remove from stovetop and pour tahini pesto cheese mixture into cooked drained spaghetti.