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Cilantro Pesto with Lemon Pepper Pasta

By Fitnspicy @fitnspicy

Cilantro brings a beautiful and vibrant flavor to a dish, it is even better in a pesto. Of course traditional pesto is delicious but sometimes basil is +$3 for a small bunch at the grocery store. Cilantro is only $0.99 cents. A big savings!

 

Thanks to Everyday Food for the inspiration, I was able to create a great spin on pesto that has some unique ingredients. Soy sauce, red pepper flakes, peanuts, cilantro and ginger. I usually have all of them on hand and can easily stop to get fresh cilantro if I need it.

 

The lemon pepper pappardelle from Trader Joe’s makes this dish, more flavorful that traditional pasta and great as leftovers.

 

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Cilantro Pesto with Lemon Pepper Pasta

 

Cilantro Pesto with Lemon Pepper Pasta

by A Fit and Spicy Life

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Keywords: vegetarian pasta

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into a few pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Zest and Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 bag lemon pepper papparadelle
  • Salt/Pepper

Instructions

Cook pasta according to directions and set aside, reserving a few tbsp of the cooking liquid

In a food processor combine all the ingredients except the pasta. Process until combined and pour over pasta.

Top with salt and pepper. Serve hot or cold.

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