Oregano Hazelnut Pesto with Butternut Squash and Linguine

INGREDIENTS:

  Pasta:

- 1 lb. Linguine, cooked according to directions on package

  Pesto:

- 1cup oregano leaves

- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1 tsp. coriander powder

- 1/4 cup pine nuts

- 1/4 cup hazelnuts

- 2 clove garlic

  Butternut Squash

- 2 Tbsp coconut oil , or butter

- 1 Medium butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes

- 1/2 cup vegetable stock

- 2 shallots, minced

- 1 Tbsp maple syrup , or honey

- 1/2 tsp. sea salt

METHOD:

1. Pesto: Pulse pesto ingredients in food processor fitted with an S-blade until smooth. Set aside.

2. Butternut Squash: In large sauté pan, heat oil over high heat. Add squash cubes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring until pieces begin to brown. Continue cooking, stir occasionally, until well browned and soft. Add shallots, salt and pesto mixture. Cook for about 3 minutes longer. Add vegetable broth to mixture and simmer until squash is tender, about 7 minutes.

Add squash mixture and pasta. Toss to coat thoroughly.

SERVINGS: 4

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Oregano Hazelnut Pesto with Butternut Squash and Linguine

Arugula Pesto with Vegan Option

INGREDIENTS:

- 3 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

- 1/4cup pine nuts, or walnuts

- 1 cup arugula, packed, washed and dried

- 1 cup parsley leaves, packed, washed and dried

- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1/3 cup ricotta cheese or 4 oz. silken tofu + 2 tsp. lemon juice

- 2 TBSP Manchego cheese, grated or 2 TBSP ground pine nuts + 2 TBSP nutritional yeast

- sea salt and black pepper to taste

METHOD:

(Vegan Note: If you are using silken tofu instead of ricotta cheese, mash up tofu with wire whisk and fresh lemon juice. Grind 2 TBSP pine nuts in mortar and pestle or food processor and combine with nutritional yeast. Add to tofu mixture. Set aside.)

1. Place arugula and parsley in heavy duty, quart-sized zip lock bag. Pound leaves with rubber mallet, meat pounder, or even the back of a metal ice cream scoop.

2. Fit food processor with S-blade. Process garlic, nuts, arugula, parsley, and oil until smooth. Transfer to small bowl and stir in cheeses or tofu mixture, if doing vegan option; season with salt and pepper.

Makes enough for 12 oz. box of pasta

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Arugula Pesto with Vegan Option