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10 INGREDIENTS 5 STEPS 25min

Pesto alla Trapenese

Pesto alla Trapenese is a Sicilian tomato-based pesto sauce that is bright, fresh, and light. It's an easy tomato and almond-based pesto that is a great weeknight meal!
Pesto alla Trapenese Recipe | SideChef
Pesto alla Trapenese is a Sicilian tomato-based pesto sauce that is bright, fresh, and light. It's an easy tomato and almond-based pesto that is a great weeknight meal!
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I'm Hetal, Welcome to Milk & Cardamom! I'm a past MasterChef (Season 6) contestant currently living in sunny San Francisco where I cook up a storm in my tiny kitchen for my hubby and baby!
http://www.milkandcardamom.com/
25min
Total Time
$2.62
Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

Servings
2
US / METRIC
1.5 lb
Pasta
I used spaghetti
1/3 cup
Unsalted Slivered Almonds
preferably toasted
3/4 cup
broken into pieces
2 cloves
2 cups
Cherry Tomatoes
about 10 oz
or Grape Tomato
1/2 cup
about 22 leaves
1/4 cup
1/2 tsp
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
plus more to taste
to taste
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
1793
FAT
50.5 g
PROTEIN
63.3 g
CARBS
267.7 g

Author's Notes

Serves 2-4 people.

If you have any leftover pesto, you can freeze it in an airtight container or store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

To make this recipe nut-free, use sunflower seeds instead of almonds. To make it Gluten-Free, use Gluten-Free pasta, and to make it vegan, use nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan instead of parmesan.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Bring salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add Pasta (1.5 lb) and cook according to directions until al dente.
Step 2
While the pasta is cooking, add Unsalted Slivered Almonds (1/3 cup) , Parmesan Cheese (3/4 cup) , and Garlic (2 cloves) to a food processor or blender and pulse until fine, about 10-12 times.
Step 3
Add Cherry Tomatoes (2 cups) , Fresh Basil Leaves (1/2 cup) , Olive Oil (1/4 cup) , Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1/2 tsp) , Salt (to taste) , and Ground Black Pepper (to taste) . Pulse until smooth, about 12 times. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Step 4
Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta. Add the pasta into a bowl and add enough pesto to cover the pasta.
Step 5
Optionally, top with a little drizzle of olive oil. Use tongs to mix well and add a little bit of pasta water if the sauce needs to be loosened a little. Enjoy while warm.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
1793
% Daily Value*
Fat
50.5 g
65%
Saturated Fat
10.6 g
53%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
23.8 mg
8%
Carbohydrates
267.7 g
97%
Fiber
15.2 g
54%
Sugars
14.7 g
--
Protein
63.3 g
127%
Sodium
526.9 mg
23%
Vitamin D
0.2 µg
1%
Calcium
597.7 mg
46%
Iron
14.2 mg
79%
Potassium
817.6 mg
17%
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