Rich, earthy sauce that clings to penne pasta to make a hearty, meatless meal. Stir pesto into freshly cooked penne pasta, add to the top of crostini, or use as a dip for Italian-seasoned pita crisps.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir mushrooms and shallot in melted butter until the mushrooms are lightly browned and soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

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  • Transfer cooled mushroom mixture to a blender; add pine nuts, olive oil, vegetable broth, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse blender a few times before blending until mixture is finely ground, scraping down the sides of the pitcher with a spatula as needed; scrape into a mixing bowl. Stir Parmesan cheese through the blended mixture.

Cook's Note:

Adding the Parmesan into the food processor can cause the cheese to melt and become stringy.

Nutrition Facts

302 calories; protein 10.8g 22% DV; carbohydrates 8.4g 3% DV; fat 26.9g 41% DV; cholesterol 16mg 5% DV; sodium 474.4mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2015
I changed this with my subs but I do have to brag that THIS IS SUPER! I used onion instead of the shallot pecans instead of the pine nuts and red wine instead of the vegetable broth. It was easy to make smells delightful and tastes magnificent! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/01/2018
Made exactly like the recipe. Looked like barf-tasted like barf-made me barf. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2015
I changed this with my subs but I do have to brag that THIS IS SUPER! I used onion instead of the shallot pecans instead of the pine nuts and red wine instead of the vegetable broth. It was easy to make smells delightful and tastes magnificent! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/01/2018
Made exactly like the recipe. Looked like barf-tasted like barf-made me barf. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2015
Very tasty! I substituted for Pecans as I didn't have Pine Nuts and also used Red Wine instead of broth. It gave it lots of favor! Makes ALOT so be prepared to share or freeze the leftovers. Also remember that this is pesto so you don't use it like a pasta sauce; you only use a tablespoon or two over the rice/pasta; if you use too much then it's overpowering. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2015
Not very pretty but absolutely delicious. I did not change anything and we loved this recipe! It doesn't seem like enough to serve 6 but it is quite filling; we will probably get 4 or 5 servings out of it served with pasta. The leftovers are also great. I would love to top a nice hot beef sandwich with this stuff. Thanks so much for sharing Jewels Cooks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2016
Yum! Made this mostly as written (omitted garlic). So good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2020
I made this to go over penne pasta for dinner. JJ and I both liked it. I think this recipe would be best served as Horderves. Although we liked it the recipe was filling & too much to have just for a main meal. To me the recipe is more as a pesto then a dinner. Good though. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2017
Because my Fiance' and I have started a Plant Based Diet and loving it!; I added 1 yellow squash cut into large chucks and sliced thin pcs of carrots. Otherwise I followed this fabulous recipe. Thanks Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2018
This was delicious! I used chicken broth in stead of vegetable broth and just a bit of pine nuts (because they are expensive) I used walnuts instead! I ended up adding about 1 cup of water because the mixture was very thick. I added a little bit of red papers flakes at the end. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2019
I made this as a dip instead of a sauce. I followed the recipe adding some walnuts as I didn t have enough pine nuts. I served it to guests with pita chips and everyone loved it. Read More