Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cilantro Pesto

I am on a never ending quest to find simple yet delicious summer friendly recipe. I do believe the cilantro pesto fits right in, especially paired with pre-made Costco chicken ravioli. Not only is this pesto easy, it also makes a tons for you to freeze! The pesto is very light and fresh tasting, and the cilantro adds a flavorful bite that traditional basil pesto lacks. You can use the cilantro pesto on ravioli or any pasta, use it to make crostini's, put it on pizza or even mix it with your eggs!

Cilantro Pesto

1 (16 ounce) package farfalle pasta
1 bunch fresh cilantro
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
salt to taste
1/2 cup olive oil

In an electric food processor or blender, blend cilantro, garlic, vinegar, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, nuts, and salt. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil, and blend the pesto. Add more olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.

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