Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cilantro Lime Pesto

I love pesto and as much as I love traditional pesto made with basil and pine nuts, I like to try other variations too. I've made pesto with broccoli before and it was awesome on pizza. I had a giant bunch of cilantro in my fridge that I thought would be good to use up in one go via a pesto sauce. This was amazing. It has a nice bright flavor with citrus undertone from the lime. Try it on spaghetti!

Cilantro Lime Pesto

1 big bunch of cilantro leaves (discard stems)
1/4 C slivered almonds
juice of one large lime
2 cloves (or more) of garlic
2 TB nutritional yeast (optional)
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Put the cilantro, almonds, lime juice, garlic and nutritional yeast (if using) in a blender or food processor. Process until all ingredients are broken down. Start adding the olive oil and process until it is the consistency you want it. You may add a bit of water too if you want to cut back on the oil. Just add it a tablespoon at a time so it won't be too thin. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Here's mine. My blender really blitzed my pesto into smooth cream. You can gently process yours so that it has more texture than this.

Tossed with hot spaghetti and pine nuts. Delicious!

1 comment:

Maria Maria said...

I knew that I wanted to recreate the Cilantro Pesto Risotto in the LLB kitchen, so first thing was first, re-create the Cilantro Lime Pesto to add to the risotto.
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