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Sunshine Pesto

Sunshine Pesto

The lovely chaps at the Cheeky Food Co recently sent me a fresh jar of Nutter Coconut, my absolute favourite item from their product range – it’s a dried coconut & garlic sprinkle that packs a serious flavour punch. It occurred to me that it might make for a fantastic twist on my usual pesto recipe, so I combined it with fresh oregano, olive oil and pinch of coarse sea salt, and the result was so deliciously summery (it’s the coconut that does it) that I nicknamed it sunshine pesto. Give it a go for a fast and fabulous lunch.

If you can’t get your hands on some Nutter Coconut, substitute 1 tbsp desiccated coconut, a small handful of walnuts and a small clove of garlic.

Sunshine Pesto

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • A big handful of fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • A good slug of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Cheeky Food Co Nutter Coconut
  • 85g dried pasta, to serve
  • Grated parmesan, to serve



Start by putting the pasta on to boil, according to the instructions on the packet.


While it’s cooking, you can make the pesto – all you need to do is put all the ingredients together and give them a good bashing with pestle & mortar until the oregano has broken down and it’s all nicely combined.


Once the pasta is ready, drain it almost completely – leave a tablespoonful or so of the cooking water in the bottom. Add the pesto and stir really well – the cooking water will help the sauce coat the pasta. Serve immediately with a little grated parmesan on top.

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  • Reply
    Lauren Hudson
    3rd August 2015 at 8:49 am

    Well, yum is pretty much the word that springs to mind with this one! Funnily enough I'm making pesto today as well!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • Reply
    Sally Godfrey
    3rd August 2015 at 8:50 am

    Thanks mate! What kind of pesto have you got going on?

  • Reply
    3rd August 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Ooh love the sound of the Nutter Coconut and great idea using oregano. I think it must be pesto week! I made pesto at the weekend and am blogging about it this week!
    Loriley x

  • Reply
    Sally Godfrey
    4th August 2015 at 8:22 am

    Thanks lovely! Will look forward to reading your post 🙂

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