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Swiss Chard and Pecan Pesto

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"This tasty pesto is delicious tossed with warm pasta and chicken or spread on garlic bread."
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25 m servings 228
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 1/4 cup)


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  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the Swiss chard and garlic in the hot oil until the chard leaves have wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Process the basil, pecans, sea salt, Parmesan cheese, and remaining olive oil in a food processor until all the ingredients are well integrated. Add the Swiss chard mixture and the lemon juice to the food processor; continue chopping until the mixture is pureed. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 228 calories; 22.1 4.4 5.4 7 319 Full nutrition

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I think this was a great recipe. We toasted the pecans first though. and instead of sauteeing, we blanched the basil and swiss chard so it would retain a brighter color.

Very explosive flavor - I added an additional clove of garlic and used pecorino romano cheese and used some of the pasta water to mix it with the pasta. I also sauteed the stems of the swiss ch...

I followed the recipe exactly and found that it needed more olive oil - mine came out a little too thick at first. But other than that, it is a perfect recipe! It tastes wonderful and swiss char...

I love this pesto! I have so much Swiss chard in my garden that I've made 6 batches so far - it's the best use of all this delicious chard that I can think of. Following the recipe exactly, I ...

Great with walnuts too if you don't have pecans on hand.

Not as good as traditional pesto but a good way to use up Swiss Chard from my garden. I was going to give 3 stars but didn't have pecans so used walnuts so wanted to be fair.

Nice way to use up extra chard.

That was really YUMMY! Thankyou so much for sharing. My kids really liked it too.

Hands down this is my kids' favorite thing I make. Great on pasta, pizza, or garlic bread.