Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto Recipe

Jar of homemade pesto
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Basil, garlic, sunflower seeds, and Parmesan cheese blend into pesto which is tossed with hot for a quick meal. The pesto may be made and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup hulled raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

How to Make It

Place basil, sunflower seeds, olive oil, Parmesan, butter, and garlic in the bowl of a fitted with the metal blade. Process to a puree, scraping down sides often.

Transfer pesto to a small bowl with a lid. Press a sheet of plastic wrap to the surface of the pesto , then seal with the lid. May be refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

Yield: about 1-1/2 cups

To use pesto: Cook 1 pound of in salted water. When pasta is cooked al dente, combine 3/4 cup pesto with 2/3 cup hot pasta water in a large bowl.

Drain pasta and add to the bowl. Toss to combine. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Toss again and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 538
Total Fat 41 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Unsaturated Fat 18 g
Cholesterol 22 mg
Sodium 303 mg
Carbohydrates 36 g
Dietary Fiber 21 g
Protein 21 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)