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
566
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
34g
49%
Sugar
10g
11%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Carbohydrate, by difference
56g
43%
Protein
24g
52%
Vitamin A, RAE
12µg
2%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
85mg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
24µg
27%
Calcium, Ca
124mg
12%
Choline, total
43mg
10%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
22g
88%
Folate, total
127µg
32%
Iron, Fe
31mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
321mg
100%
Manganese, Mn
3mg
100%
Niacin
9mg
64%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
559mg
80%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
19µg
35%
Sodium, Na
227mg
15%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
42g
2%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

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.