Pasta with Jalapeno Pesto


This is a good recipe for those jalapeno lovers out there. You can use any kind of pasta you like.

4 servings


  • 5 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds

  • 2 green bell peppers

  • 3 jalapeno peppers

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound linguini pasta

  • 1 ½ cups halved cherry tomatoes

  • ½ lime, cut into wedges


  1. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. Raise the oven's temperature to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  3. Place the bell and jalapeno peppers on a baking sheet. Roast the peppers for 15 to 20 minutes; until the skin blisters. Let the peppers cool a bit then pull the skin away from the flesh; discard the skin.

  4. In a food processor or blender combine 4 tablespoons of the pumpkin seeds, cilantro, garlic and the peppers. Blend until the contents are coarsely chopped. With the machine running, slowly add the oil and the lime juice. Blend in the salt and pepper

  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta, stirring occasionally until it is just tender. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.

  6. Set the pot over medium heat, add the tomatoes and the pesto. Stir well. Add more salt and pepper, if you'd like. Spoon the pasta onto plates. Serve the pasta garnished with the remaining pumpkin seeds and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

620 Calories
22g Fat
93g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 620
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Sodium 308mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 93g 34%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 70mg 348%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 593mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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