Indulge in the exquisite taste of Sunflower Seed Pesto Penne, a delightful dish that brings together the rich nuttiness of sunflower seeds and the classic goodness of pesto. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special gathering, this recipe is sure to leave everyone wanting more.
Sunflower Seed Pesto Penne
- 2 cups penne pasta
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine the toasted sunflower seeds, basil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until finely chopped.
- With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil until the pesto reaches a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss the cooked penne pasta with the sunflower seed pesto until well coated.
- Serve hot, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 450, Fat 30g, Carbs 35g, Protein 12g