Roasted Onions with Almond Pesto Recipe

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Roasted Onions with Almond Pesto Recipe
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Keep this simple side dish recipe on hand for those moments when you’re in a pinch, and can’t think of anything to make. The richness of the almond pesto pairs nicely with the sweetness of roasted onions.

6
Servings
343
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 14 -16 small yellow onions (1 ½- to 2-inches in diameter)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds, with skins
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped finely
  • 3/4 cups basil leaves, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the onions in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and toss until coated. Transfer to a sheet pan and roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until semi-soft.

Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat and add the almonds. Cook for 1 minute, then immediately remove with a slotted spoon. Peel the skins with a kitchen towel. Place the almonds on a cookie sheet or sheet pan and roast for 7-8 minutes in the oven or until golden brown. Remove and cool completely. Place the almonds in a clean coffee grinder or food processor and grind until fine.

Using a mortar and pestle (you can also use a food processor), mash the garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the lemon zest, parsley, and basil and continue to grind by hand until the mixture is well blended. Add ½ cup of the olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and the ground almonds.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a small sauté pan over low heat and add the breadcrumbs, cooking until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.

Slice the cooked onions in half and place 1-1½ teaspoons of the almond pesto on each piece, or according to taste. Sprinkle each onion with the toasted breadcrumbs. Serve at room temperature.

Onion Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Onion Cooking Tip

Vegetable should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
27g
42%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
21%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Protein
6g
11%
Carbs
22g
7%
Vitamin A
28µg
3%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
12.3%
Vitamin C
17mg
29%
Vitamin E
5mg
24%
Vitamin K
68µg
85%
Calcium
131mg
13%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
43µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
49µg
12%
Folic acid
4µg
N/A
Iron
1mg
7%
Magnesium
41mg
10%
Monounsaturated
19g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.8mg
4%
Phosphorus
124mg
18%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
339mg
10%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
9.1%
Sodium
155mg
6%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9.5%
Zinc
0.7mg
4.9%

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