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    Cilantro Pesto

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    DragonShoes's Note:

    This is a wonderful twist on pesto. Sometimes the basil version gets old and you want to impress everyone at the dinner table or potluck with a tasty new version.

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    Serves: 4



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    1. 1
      Combine the cilantro, garlic and almonds in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add the parmesan, oil and salt and puree to a smooth paste. Stir into hot pasta and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 07, 2008


      Thank you for this easy and quick! recipe. I love it! Tonight, I got the pasta boiling before I started to wash the cilantro and assemble my ingredients. By the time the pasta was done, the pesto was a perfect paste, and the whole thing was on the table in under 20 minutes. Just as a side note, I added some baby carrots and sliced turkey kielbasa to the boiling water with my pasta, and tossed it all together with the pesto after draining. It was delish! I also made an alternate version with half cup of thai basil and half cilantro, using 2 tblsp of sesame oil instead of olive and that was very tasty as well! I used the almonds each time, and 4 cloves of garlic instead of three. This recipe is a keeper, and very versatile. I even added a dollop of plain yogurt tonight to make it a little creamy and it was fantastic.

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    • on February 08, 2013


      This is a wonderful variation on pesto. Preparing for a big event at church, the cilantro was missing. Someone went out and got more. Then it was found. I quadrupled this recipe and froze in in cubes for future use.

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    • on September 28, 2011


      We loved this! I had planned on making the basil pesto, but cilantro was all I had on hand. This recipe came up after a quick search. Glad I tried it! I did not have almonds, so I used what I had which was unsalted macadamia nuts. Tasted wonderful. Added alitlte extra olive oil since my blender would not puree it until I added more. I'd say about a tablespoon more oilive oil. We'll be making this one again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Cilantro Pesto

    Serving Size: 1 (44 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 253.8
    Calories from Fat 218
    Total Fat 24.3 g
    Saturated Fat 3.6 g
    Cholesterol 5.5 mg
    Sodium 447.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 0.9 g
    Protein 6.2 g

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