For the side, I sauteed together mushrooms with green and cherry peppers, garlic, and red onion.
I did use a commercial chicken and cheese tortelloni. Tortelloni are ideal for pesto, as they have lots of nooks and crannies to pick up the pesto. I boil the pasta, and drain it when it is perfectly al dente. Once drained, I return it to the pot, and toss it with the pesto.
I like to strip the leaves off the stems, as the stems are a little tough. For nuts, I find that toasted pecans work great, although this time I used a mix of hazelnuts, pecans, and almonds, because that is what I had in the house.
Carrot Green Pesto3 cups carrot fronds, rough chopped
1 cup chopped nuts
1 Tblsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup olive oil (approximately)
Place all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. While food processor is running, drizzle in olive oil, about a teaspoon at a time, until pesto is smooth.