Fabulous Cilantro Pesto

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This is a delicious version of the classic with a little more zip! You can substitute the vinegar with lime juice, lemon juice or Italian salad dressing.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package farfalle pasta

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans

  • salt to taste

  • ½ cup olive oil

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and return water to a boil. Cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain well.

  2. In an electric food processor or blender, blend cilantro, garlic, vinegar, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, nuts, and salt. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil, and blend the pesto. Add more olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.

  3. Pour pesto in a small saucepan and warm over low heat, stirring constantly, until pesto begins to simmer. Pour over cooked pasta and toss.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
21g Fat
43g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* 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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