Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

This thick and fragrant pumpkin seed pesto, featuring roasted pumpkin seeds, olive oil, cilantro and garlic, is a versatile sauce for your repertoire. Try this pesto as a spread on sandwiches, tossed with hot pasta or served over roasted or steamed vegetables.

Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups unsalted hulled (green) pumpkin seeds
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss pumpkin seeds with 2 tablespoons of the oil and salt then spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast until seeds are puffed and fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes, then set aside to let cool.

Combine seeds in a food processor with water, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro and remaining 4 tablespoons oil. Pulse until mixture forms a coarse paste then season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: about 2 Tablespoons, 140 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 4g protein
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