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Red pepper pesto

Serves 12

Medically reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Dietitian Tip

Traditional pesto is made with basil and pine nuts, but you can experiment with many variations. This one's a winner!

Ingredients

  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Heat grill. Place the whole peppers on direct heat. Turn peppers as the outer skin blackens. When the majority of the skin is black, remove peppers from heat and place in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to cool.

Peel the cooled peppers. In a food processor, combine peeled peppers with the remaining ingredients. Process until mixture is smooth and resembles a pesto.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving Size1/4 cup
Calories45
Carbohydrate4 g
Cholesterol1 mg
Fiber1 g
Protein2 g
Sodium104 mg
Monounsaturated Fat1 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Total Fat3 g

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