Parsley Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Parsley Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Parsley Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Elana Amsterdam

Parsley Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Traditionally, pesto is made with basil. This time of year, it's not so easy to find organic basil at a reasonable price. Really, the time for basil is summer. And we’re definitely not there yet. Not even close, out here in Colorado.

And yet, I love pesto. All those good greens ground up into delightful, fresh flavors.

Last night, in the mood for something delicious and healthy (in that order), I made pesto using parsley. I always keep parsley in the fridge — it's a staple for me, as are lemons and garlic. I consider these types of ingredients the building blocks of good food; hence, keeping these items in my kitchen is a must!

So in the meantime, here’s my parsley pesto — a delicious way to get your greens in the winter.

4
Servings
427
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8  Ounces  gluten-free pasta
  • 1  Cup  parsley, chopped
  • 1/2  Cup  dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2  Cup  pine nuts
  • clove garlic, chopped
  • 1  Teaspoon  lemon juice
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  sea salt, preferably Celtic
  • 1/4  Cup  olive oil

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain.

Place the parsley in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, and salt, then pulse until almost smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil and pulse again briefly to incorporate. Toss with the pasta.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
30g
43%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Carbohydrate, by difference
38g
29%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
60µg
9%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
31mg
41%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
21µg
23%
Calcium, Ca
38mg
4%
Choline, total
31mg
7%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
41µg
10%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
134mg
42%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
155mg
22%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
169mg
11%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
89g
3%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Parsley Pesto Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Parsley Pesto Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.