Artichoke Pesto with Parmesan Tortilla Chips

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS For Dip 2 (15-ounce) cans of artichoke hearts, drained 2 cloves garlic, chopped ½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated Juice and zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt For Tortilla Chips 4 whole wheat tortillas, each cut into 8 […]

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Asparagus & Mint Pesto

Makes approximately 2½ cups Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped ½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped 2 teaspoons lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ cup raw almonds ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1½ teaspoons salt Directions Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food […]

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Basic Herb Pestos

Makes 1 ½ c pesto.

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Basil Sauce

Makes 1 cup Ingredients 1 cup basil leaves 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup olive oil Directions Mix the ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

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Beefsteak Tomato Carpaccio With Herb Pesto

Carpaccio, traditionally a dish of thinly sliced raw fish or beef, has come a long way. This season’s hot herb trend is more than just plain old carpaccio, it’s a showcase of flavor creativity and is no longer reserved for just beef and fish.

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Cabbage & Bean Salad with Spicy Pesto Vinaigrette

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 cup red cabbage, shredded ½ cup carrots, grated 1 red pepper, sliced thin 1 orange pepper, sliced thin 1 cup sliced radishes 1 cup baby greens 1 red chili pepper (fresh) and chopped 2 cups cannellini beans ¼ cup champagne vinegar Juice and zest of one lemon ¼ cup olive oil […]

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Carrot Ginger Soup with Cilantro Lime Pesto

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 medium white onion, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine Zest of 1 lime 4 cups carrots, chopped (peeled or unpeeled) 4 cups vegetable broth or water Juice of ½ a lime Salt Black pepper Cilantro-Lime Pesto, to […]

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Chicken Pesto Linguini & Meatballs

Here are some regionally authentic and classic meatball recipes as well as some modern, culturally fused recipes. All will reduce the chill of winter with a smile!

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Chicken Pesto Meatballs

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS For the Meatballs 1 pound ground chicken 2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine ½ cup pine nuts, chopped 8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cracked pepper 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 1 egg For the Sauce Olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved […]

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Chicken, Peppers and Pesto Sauce

Serves 6 Ingredients 6 chicken thighs, boneless skinless Salt Pepper 1 red pepper, sliced thin 1 yellow pepper, sliced thin 1 orange pepper, sliced thin 1 red onion, halved and sliced thin 1/2 cup freshly made pesto (recipe follows) Directions Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on […]

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Chicken, Red Pepper and Pesto Cream Sauce Pizza

One of the three basic pizza sauces.

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Cilantro Pesto

INGREDIENTS 1 bunch fresh cilantro (approx. 1½ cups) 3-4 cloves fresh garlic Zest of 2 limes 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped and deseeded (optional) Juice of 4 limes Juice of 1 lemon ½ cup walnut oil or olive oil 1 tablespoon cumin Salt PREPARATION In a blender, or with a handheld food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, […]

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Cilantro Pesto Grilled Chicken Breasts

Serves 6

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Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Jalapeño Pesto

Yields approximately 2½ cups Ingredients 1½ cups fresh cilantro leaves 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon lime zest Juice of 2 limes 3 roasted jalapeños, deseeded, peeled and chopped ½ cup pumpkin seeds 1½ teaspoons salt ¼-½ cup olive oil Directions Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty […]

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Citrus Shrimp Ceviche with Avocadoes & Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

Serves 4 This dish has great balance utilizing all types of citrus: limes, lemons and tangerines, and has slightly sweet herbaceous tones that blend well with the buttery-ness of the avocado. A lovely dish that is simple to prepare and exciting for your guests. Ingredients Ger-Nis Citrus Finishing Salts 1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled […]

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Cranberry Sage Pecan Pesto

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh sage leaves 1 cup dried cranberries ½ cup pecans, toasted 1 cup Walnut or Pecan oil Salt PREPARATION Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until everything is incorporated. Season with salt to taste.

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Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

Serves 4-6 This recipe is inspired by two experiences actually, my trip to the Lingurian coast and my many trips to Al di La in Brooklyn and my many Sepia Al Nero meals I have had right here in my own backyard. I often try to recreate Anna’s dishes and with an okay amount of […]

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Fried Egg Pesto Tomato Sandwich

When it comes to fried eggs, there’s not much trickery involved. A fried egg is simply that, a fried egg. Eggs are fried with fat, butter, oil, lard, bacon grease or you name it.

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Goat Cheese Sundried Tomato and Pesto Pizza

Some tantalizing ideas for combining your favorite dough, sauces and toppings

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Green Garlic Pesto

Makes approximately 1 cup Ingredients ¼ pound of fresh green garlic, dark tips trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice ¼ cup toasted pine nuts ¼ cup pecorino romano cheese, finely grated ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Directions In a […]

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Grilled & Stuffed Cuttlefish

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 medium cuttlefish, cleaned and kept whole ½ cup fresh shelling beans, cooked ½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped ½ cup breadcrumbs ¼ cup pecorino cheese, finely grated 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon fresh pesto Salt and […]

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Grilled Chicken with Lemon Thyme Asiago Pesto

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 6 each chicken breasts, pounded flat Zest and juice of 2 lemons Salt and pepper Lemon thyme Asiago pesto, recipe below PREPARATION Marinate chicken breasts in lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper for approximately 30 minutes. Grill and drizzle with lemon thyme Asiago pesto. Serve immediately. Lemon Thyme Asiago Pesto Makes 1 […]

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Grilled Fresh Mozzarella Cheese with Basil Pesto

Serves 4 Ingredients 8 slices of country white bread Basil pesto, recipe follows 8 slices of homemade mozzarella, sliced in 3” rounds 2 tablespoons olive oil Directions To assemble sandwich, smear insides of bread slices with pesto. Arrange a layer of mozzarella slices over the top and then place another piece of bread on top […]

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Hand Pounded Pesto

Pesto, simply translated means pounded. It is one of the Lingurian regions most prized ingredients and traditionally hand pounded. Today many use food processors or blenders but you can still find devoted traditionalists who hand pound it proving that the taste is still superior with this method due to the increase of released essential oils […]

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Heirloom Tomato and Pesto Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS 1lb Pasta, cooked 2 gloves Garlic, minced 4 medium Zucchini, chopped 1½ lbs. Heirloom tomatoes, chopped 2 cups fresh Basil leaves Juice of one large Lemon ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste PREPARATION In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, sauté garlic, add zucchini and season with salt, […]

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Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicky Mint Yogurt & Mustard Mint Pesto

Serves 6 Ingredients 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine ½ cup red onion, chopped fine 2 pounds ground lamb 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh […]

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Kale Pesto

Makes 2-3 cups pesto Ingredients 2 cups chopped fresh kale leaves, stems removed ¼ cup water 3 cloves garlic 2 teaspoons lemon zest (optional) juice of 1 lemon ¼ cup chopped yellow onion 2/3 -1 cup extra virgin olive oil chopped fresh red chili (options for heat lovers) 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon fresh black […]

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Lemon Asiago Pesto

Makes 1 ½ c pesto.

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Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

Makes 1 cup pesto Ingredients ¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves (substitute basil if you cannot find lemon thyme) ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Finishing Salt Directions Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Lemony Pesto Verde

Makes 1 cup Ingredients 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine 1 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional) 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar 1 teaspoons wholegrain mustard ½ cup extra virgin olive oil […]

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Linguica Sausage, Chicken, Lobster & Steamer Clams in Herb Butter & Lemony Pesto

Serves 9 Ingredients Olive oil 2 cloves, garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon red chili pepper, chopped fine 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 bunch green onions, sliced 1 pound baby potatoes, whole 1 pound linguica sausage, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces. 3 ears of corn cobs, cut into 1 inch pieces 1 pound chicken breasts, […]

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Little Lemony Fried Anchovies or Bait fish with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 pound fresh anchovies or bait fish 1 teaspoon lime zest 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, chopped fine 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1 thai chili, sliced thin 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons salt Oil for frying Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce (recipe […]

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Pan Fried (Herbal) Cod Tacos with “Baja Style” Spicy Purple Kale Pesto Sauce and Pickled Red Cabbage

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 2 cups red cabbage, shredded Juice of 2 limes 2 teaspoons salt 4 pieces of cod, local & sustainable Salt and pepper 2 eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped superfine 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine ½ cup whole wheat flour 1 cup panko bread crumbs Canola oil Dried Red Chili […]

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Pasta Basil Pine Nut Pesto over Zucchini

Makes 1 cup (sauce) Ingredients 3 fresh basil leaves, tightly packed ½ cup of spinach 5 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons flax oil 4 tablespoons white miso ½ tablespoon garlic, minced ½ teaspoon salt, use less at first ½ cup pine nuts Directions Put the basil and salt in the food processor. Pulse a few […]

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Pasta with Pesto alla Siciliana

Italy is known for being a country filled with food influence and amazing cuisine and Sicily definitely holds its own in this area. There is a wide range of food power on this tiny island due to its proximity to its surrounding countries, Africa, Spain and Greece…

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Pesto Buttermilk Dressing

Makes approx 1 ½ cups

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Pesto Cream Sauce (Pesto Sauce Variation)

Pesto sauce variation…

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Pesto Mayonnaise

Makes 2 cups

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Pesto Pasta Carbonara

Serves 4-6 A classic recipe herbalized, just the way summer basil likes it! Ingredients 10 ounces orecchiette or small shell pasta or pasta of choice, cooked ¼ cup fresh pesto (using herbs and pesto of your choice) 2 eggs (room temperature) ½ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated 6 slices thick cut bacon 2 cloves garlic, […]

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Pistachio Tarragon Pesto Chicken Skewers

Serves 8 Wine Pairing: Syrah Ingredients ½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped 2 tablespoons unsalted natural pistachios 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 medium garlic clove, peeled ¼ cup olive oil 16 1-inch pieces red onion (1/3 inch thick) 16 1-inch squares red bell pepper 8 lemon slices, halved 1 […]

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Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh red basil leaves 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped ½ cup almonds, toasted ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup Almond oil Salt PREPARATION Place all ingredients in blender and blend until everything is incorporated. Season with salt to taste.

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Soy Nut Pesto

Makes 1 ½ c pesto. Ingredients 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted soy nuts 2-3 cups chopped fresh basil leaves ¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp lemon zest 2 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt Directions Mix all ingredients with an immersion blender, blender or food processor until smooth.

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Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 1 medium spaghetti squash ½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted 2 garlic cloves 2 cups fresh parsley leaves ¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Juice and zest of one lemon ½ cups Asiago cheese, grated Salt and pepper to taste PREPARATION Preheat oven to 375°F. With a knife, slice three […]

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Spring Asparagus & Mint Pesto with Chive Blossoms & Smoked Gouda

Makes 2 ½ cups pesto Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped ½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped 2 teaspoons lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ cup raw almonds ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1½ teaspoons salt Baguette Smoked gouda Chive blossoms Directions Place all […]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

Serves 6 Ingredients For spring vegetable minestrone 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped small 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine 6 cups vegetable stock 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine 3 carrots, chopped medium 3 celery ribs, chopped medium 5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces 1 cup green beans, trimmed and […]

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Strawberry Mint Gin Mini Pesto Elixir

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn Ingredients 1 cup simple syrup ½ cup fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves 3 fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped 2 teaspoons lemon zest Juice of one lemon Directions Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. […]

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Trofie Al Pesto

Serves 6 Trofie is a simple rolled flour and water pasta widely seen in the Lingurian cuisine. It’s like Linguaria’s version of Gnocchi. It’s a hand rolled pasta typically served with pesto and because of the extreme labor intensity is generally served in small portions. Trofie is not widely available outside of Italy and is […]

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Tunisian Potato & Herb Salad with Harissa and Yogurt

Serves 6 Ingredients 2 pounds yellow potatoes, cooked and cubed or cut in approx ½ inch cubes (peels on or off) 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped 1 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 1 teaspoon salt Cracked black pepper ¼-½  cup extra virgin Olive Oil Yogurt Fresh Mint Harissa ( […]

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Turkey Pesto Meatballs

Serves 6 Ingredients For the Meatballs 1 pound ground turkey 2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine ½ cup pine nuts, chopped 8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cracked pepper 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 1 egg For the Sauce Olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved […]

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Whole-Wheat Pesto Mozzarella Panini

Serves 6 Ingredients Whole-wheat bread Fresh mozzarella slices Tomato slices Salt Basil sauce (recipe follows) Olive oil Directions Place basil sauce on each side of the bread slices and on the basil sauce place sliced mozzarella and tomato, season with a little salt. Combine the slices to form a sandwich and brunch the top side […]

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Wild Ramp-Basil Pesto

Makes approximately 1 cup Ingredients ¼ pound of wild ramps, cleaned and ends trimmed and chopped ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice ¼ cup toasted walnuts ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Salt Directions In a blender place the ramps, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice and […]

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Wild Ramp-Basil Pesto & Whole Wheat Pappardelle

Serves 6-8 Ingredients ¼ pound of wild ramps, cleaned, ends trimmed and chopped ¼ cup fresh basil leaves 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice ¼ cup toasted walnuts ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Salt 1 pound whole wheat pappardelle, cooked Directions In a blender place the ramps, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice […]

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Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 15 medium yellow tomatoes cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped 2 medium cucumbers, peeled ¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 teaspoon cracked pepper 1 medium red onion, finely chopped 15 shrimp, […]

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Yemini Zhug with Grilled Halloumii

Serves 6 Ingredients ½  teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted 1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, toasted 1 cardamom pod, cracked and toasted 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted ½  teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted 2 teaspoons salt 3 cloves garlic 2 cups cilantro leaves 4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination […]

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