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.
Cilantro Pesto with Lemon Pepper Pasta
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Keywords: vegetarian pasta
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
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.