Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Pasta

Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Pasta



For best flavor, prepare pesto one to two days before serving.


  1. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in large skillet over medium heat; saute pumpkin seeds until seeds begin to pop, puff, and lightly brown (3-4 minutes). Stir in garlic, saute one minute longer; remove from heat. Cool completely. Once seeds are cool, combine all ingredients except pasta and cheese in food processor; pulse until smooth. Refrigerate, covered.
  2. To Serve: Prepare pasta in lightly salted boiling water until al dente; drain. Heat one-half pesto in microwave (medium,50 percent power) until heated through (2-3 minutes), stirring once. Immediately spoon pasta into serving bowl, stir in pesto mixture; toss until pasta is well coated. Garnish with Manchego or Mahon cheese.
* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.