Barilla® Gluten Free Rotini with a Charred Green Onion Pesto, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Cherries

2019-10-04
  • Servings : 24
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Pesto comes from the latin word “pestare” – to pound, as in a mortar and pestle. Almost any combination of herbs or greens, nuts and seeds can become a pesto, including this innovative and delicious green onion and pumpkin seed version from Chef Yury. The surprise addition of sour cherries may seem odd, but it really works as a tart/sweet counterpoint to the pesto, corn, and feta in the dish.

Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425°F and bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Step 2

Toss the green onions and corn separately with 3 tbsp of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, place on a sheet tray, and roast in the oven until lightly charred, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the onions from the oven and let them cool down; in a blender combine the onions, pumpkin seeds and pulse for 5 seconds.

Step 4

Slowly drizzle in the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the ice cubes and puree.

Step 5

Remove the pesto from the blender and place in a large bowl.

Step 6

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain, reserving 1½ cup cooking liquid.

Step 7

Add the cooking liquid, pasta, and cherries to the pesto, then stir to combine.

Step 8

Top with feta cheese.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Barilla® Gluten Free Rotini
  • 1½ extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup ice
  • 6 bunches green onion, charred
  • ¾ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 6 cups fresh corn, roasted
  • 1½ cups dried sour cherries, reconstituted in hot water
  • 2¼ cups feta cheese
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 128g
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 430
Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19gg
29%
Saturated Fat 4gg
20%
Trans Fat 0gg
Cholesterol 10mgmg
3%
Sodium 95mgmg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 55gg
18%
Dietary Fiber 4gg
16%
Sugars 7gg
Protein 12gg
24%

Vitamin A %
Vitamin C %
Calcium 50mg%
Iron 3mg%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.