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Cilantro Pistachio Pesto

Ingredients

At work we have whats called a soup group.  Each Monday nine of us get together to share lunch in our cafe and on a rotating basis three people will make a soup, one will make a carb – it’s fantastic. Not only are the soups incredible, our weekly “meeting” forces us to eat away from our desk and gives us something to look forward to on dreary Mondays like yesterday in Boston (please go away rain….). My favorite part is that we all get to try different recipes that we may not have attempted to make ourselves. For example, I never had quinoa or vegetarian sausage before our gatherings (both good btw). I love eating with people who eat differently than I do. I’d like to think that I’m up for trying anything at least once. I may not eat it again, but I’m not the type to rule out an ingredient because I’m scared of it.

pistachios garlic and cheese Pesto

It was my turn this week and I decided to make a Thai curry soup. Along with the many vegetables, the recipe called for cilantro as garnish. Now, I’m notorious for searching through my inspirations (lately food and wine magazine and smitten kitchen) and choosing 2-3 recipes that ask for VERY different ingredients. This week was no different. Only needing a small portion of the cilantro bunch for the soup, there was a ton left over. I’m on a mission to stop throwing away so much food – it’s sad how much bad produce ends up in my fridge. I have to learn to make recipes that have common ingredients.

I decided to make a pesto. Google found recipes for making basil pesto and I eventually came up with my own combination that reflected similar ratios with different ingredients. It’s amazing and simple. There is a nice crisp/spicy flavor that is complimented with the nutty flavor of the pistachios. If you prefer creamy pesto, adding a tablespoon or two of a cream base (plain yogurt, whole milk, cream, etc.) would work well. I didnt think it needed it.

dinner

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto

1 bunch washed cilantro
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup pistachios
1-2 oz of parmesan or other hard cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Top with cover and process 1 minute or until smooth, scraping sides of container occasionally.

Serve on top of your favorite pasta. I served it with whole wheat pasta with flax seeds.

(quick. easy. delicious)

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