Linguine with spicy pumpkin seed pesto

    50 min

    Even though there's loads of roasting and puréeing to do, it's worth the effort. A delicious and healthy vegan dish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 5 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds
    • 2 green peppers
    • 3 green chillies, or to taste
    • handful chopped fresh coriander
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 (500g) pack linguine pasta
    • 250g (9 oz) halved cherry tomatoes
    • 1 lemon, wedged

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a preheated 180 C / Gas mark 4 oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
    2. Raise the oven's temperature to 230 C / Gas mark 8.
    3. Place the green peppers and chillies on a baking tray. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the skin blisters. Let cool a bit then pull the skin away from the flesh; discard the skin.
    4. In a food processor or blender combine 4 tablespoons of the pumpkin seeds, coriander, garlic and the peppers and chillies. Pulse until the contents are coarsely chopped. With the machine running, slowly add the oil and the lemon juice. Blend in the salt and pepper.
    5. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.
    6. Set the pot over medium heat, add the tomatoes and the pesto. Stir well. Add more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve the pasta garnished with the remaining pumpkin seeds and lemon wedges.

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    Reviews in English (7)


    This recipe is great! I added a little bit of grated mozarella.  -  24 Jul 2008


    This was good, but didn't knock our socks off  -  24 Jul 2008


    Unusual sauce. Must like peppers, no doubt! I would serve initially as a side dish. Would be good with grilled marinaded firm tofu slices. If the household chef has a gas range, the peppers can be blistered over a flame.  -  17 May 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)