These slices of roasted cabbage are tender in the middle and browned and crispy around the edges. With just salt and pepper they're a fine side dish, but pesto adds gorgeous green color and lots of flavor.
Blending parsley into pesto accentuates parsley's clean, grassy flavor. If parsley pesto isn't your thing, then top roasted cabbage with traditional basil pesto or any favorite pesto recipe.
- 1 head green cabbage sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds (no need to core the cabbage)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 3 cups loosely packed parsley leaves (approximately 1 small bunch parsley)
1. Preheat oven to 425 F
2. Brush a baking sheet with a little bit of oil or cover with parchment paper.
3. Arrange the cabbage slices on a baking sheet. Brush one side with a light coating of olive oil. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
4. Cook until the cabbage is tender in the middle and the edges are browned and crispy (about 40 minutes)
5. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts, garlic, and cheese until finely chopped.
6. Add the parsley. With the blade running, slowly pour in half the olive oil. Continue adding oil until the pesto has the consistency you want. (It’s not necessary to use all of the olive oil if the pesto reaches your desired consistency first.)
7. Add salt to taste.
8. Drizzle pesto over the cabbage. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Some would argue that there is no substitute for Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Certain laws require that Parmigiano-Reggiano be made according to a specific recipe and production methods only within the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio-Emilia, Modena, and specific regions in the provinces of Bologna and Mantua.
While it's true that the flavor of real Parmigiano-Reggiano is impossible to match, there are many similar cheeses that can be used in place of expensive Parmigiano-Reggiano in recipes.
Grana Padano: This Italian cheese is the most similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano. Grana Padano has been made for at least a thousand years, using basically the same recipe that is used today.
Pecorino: "Pecorino" refers to any hard Italian cheese made from sheep's milk. There are many different types of pecorino. One of the most well-known is pecorino Romano. Pecorino has a saltier, sharper flavor than Parmigiano-Reggiano. Often, a combination of Parmigiano and pecorino are used to make pesto.
BelGioioso American Grana: An American version of Parmiano-Reggiano. It has a waxier texture and a nutty flavor.
Reggianito: Reggianito is made in Argentina by Italians who settled in Argentina.
The flavor is mild and the texture is softer than Parmigiano-Reggiano.