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Tasty Sicilian Pesto Recipe

A Pesto They Just Can’t Refuse

Pasta in its various forms is one of Italy’s great contributions to world cuisine. The shapes and sizes provide endless variety, as do the different regional sauces, each with its own delicious twist.

While the most well-known pasta sauces involve tomatoes in some way, there are alternatives that are equally tasty. Unfortunately, many of these, like Alfredo sauce, are loaded with heavy cream and the extra calories that rich sauces bring.

Pesto, which is loaded with basil, is a great healthy alternative. Basil is a fabulous source of Vitamin K and a good source of manganese. Not to mention how great it tastes!

1/4 cup pine nuts
3 garlic cloves
4 cups loosely packed basil leaves (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil $
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt $
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper $
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 cups chopped seeded tomato, drained (about 2 large) $

1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add nuts to pan; cook 4 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring constantly. Remove from pan.

2. Combine nuts and garlic in a food processor; process until minced. Add basil, oil, salt, and peppers; process until blended, scraping sides occasionally. Add cheese; process until smooth. Spoon into a bowl; fold in tomato.

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