Sunflower Seed Pesto

Making homemade pesto is SO easy - I wish I did it more.

The beauty of a pesto (besides it’s vibrant green hue) is that there are numerous variations to try. A traditional italian pesto uses basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan and good olive oil. Try using different nuts, herbs and oils to add some variety. It’s simple:

greens + nuts + hard cheese + garlic + oil

arugula + walnuts + asiago + garlic + olive oil

cilantro + almonds + manchego + garlic + sesame oil

What kind of pesto can you conjure up?

This time, I passed on the cheese and it was just as awesome. Sunflower seeds are packed with heart healthy polyunsaturated fats and…they’re uber cheap. It’s a win-win.

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I tossed this pesto with some orecchiette pasta, sautéed cherry tomatoes, onions and more garlic, and topped it with some scallion. I love me some orecchiette - the little caps serve as sauce pockets, drenching each bite with loads of flavor.



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