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Sunflower Seed Pesto by Chef Tyler

3
3
3
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
5 min
Prep
5 min
Serves
16
Difficulty
Easy
This nut-free pesto uses toasted sunflower seeds as a fresh alternative to the sauce traditionally made with pine nuts.

Ingredients

Basil

2½ cup(s)

Sunflower seeds

½ cup(s)

Garlic clove(s)

1 clove(s), medium

Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s)

Fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp(s)

Olive oil

½ cup(s)

Table salt

1 pinch

Black pepper

1 pinch

Crushed red pepper flakes

tsp(s), (pinch)

Instructions

  1. In a small saute pan, toast the sunflower seeds gently over medium-low heat, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor except the oil. Pulse a few times to break down the basil and seeds. Run the food processor and slowly stream in the olive oil until emulsified. The sauce will be fairly thick.
  3. Yields 1 cup.

Notes

Serving size: 1 Tbsp