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Edamame Pesto Pasta Recipe Recipe

Edamame Pesto Pasta Recipe

05.02.11 by Jackie

Edamame pesto is a new pasta sauce I came up with this weekend. I made this pesto with edamame beans, roasted garlic, walnuts, walnut oil and dill. I added diced fire-roasted tomatoes to soften the sauce and melted brie cheese as the finishing touch. Lulu absolutely loved it and used some of the leftover pesto to make sandwiches this weekend.

I love experimenting with new ingredients, and this week I found not one, but two ways to use edamame beans. We usually just serve them plain as a snack, but now I know that they make incredible hummus and pesto!


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Parsley-Walnut Pesto Penne Pasta with Asparagus Recipe

I had some leftover curly parsley from my stuffed tomatoes, and some walnuts leftover from my kiwi tarts, and I needed to figure out what to do with them. Pesto seemed like the perfect way to utilize the ingredients I had on hand. The parsley provided the green color and "herby" flavor typically delivered by the more commonly used basil.  I used the walnuts in place of pine nuts, and blended them with the parsley along with some olive oil. I added some walnut oil as well to accentuate the flavor of the whole walnuts and tossed the mixture with sautéed leeks and asparagus and mini penne pasta.

Finding ways to use not only your leftovers, but your leftover ingredients, will save you time and money. You just need to have a few flexible, go-to recipes in your culinary arsenal, and you'll be prepared to face whatever your refrigerator and pantry throw at you. Pesto is definitely one of those recipes.


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