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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Pasta with Cilantro-Peanut Pesto

Don't waste cilantro stems; they're tender, fragrant, and edible, so you can use the entire bunch.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 20 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch cilantro, 1/4 cup leaves reserved for serving
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 3/4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest plus 2 tablespoons juice
  • 1 teaspoon light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti or linguine, cooked according to package instructions

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, ginger, vegetable and sesame oils, red-pepper flakes, lime zest and juice, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup peanuts. Pulse until a coarse paste forms. Season with soy sauce and pulse to combine. In a large bowl, toss pesto with pasta. Roughly chop remaining peanuts and sprinkle over pasta along with cilantro leaves.

Source
Everyday Food, June 2012

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Reviews (1)

  • 15 Jul, 2012

    Beyond scrumptious. Next time I'll try less pasta plus roasted veggies with it. A keeper.