Roasted Root Vegetables with Pine Nut Pesto

Gather these ingredients-

½ pound carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
½ pound turnip roots, peeled and quartered
½ pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pound parsnips cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
1 large eggplant, peeled and cut in 1 ½ inch pieces
2 large shallots cut in half
4 thyme sprigs
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
¼ cup pine nuts
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup of parmesan cheese

Let’s make it-

Turn your oven to 475 degrees and let it preheat. Get you a large bowl and toss vegetables, shallots, thyme and ¼ cup of olive oil. Season it up good with plenty of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 35 – 40 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender. While the veggies are roasting lets make the pesto. Get you a small skillet and heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the pine nuts and cook over low heat. Don’t burn them, you must stir constantly for about 2 – 3 minutes. Add you some butter and garlic and cook, stirring, until the pine nuts are browned and the garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. The smell will be unbelievably good. You need to let the pine nuts cool, then transfer to a small processor. Add the parmesan cheese and the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and pulse. Taste and season the pine nut pesto, with salt and pepper, to your likings. Toss the roasted vegetables with the pesto and serve on a large platter. Garnish with Parmesan slivers.