Sundried Tomato and Sunflower Seed Pesto (vegetarian) / Pesto od sušenih rajčica i suncokretovih sjemeneki (vegetarijanski)

Happy holidays, dear friends. ❤ I hope you are having lovely and relaxing times with your family and friends. I also hope that there is plenty of delicious food around for you. Since these are busy times (and unfortunately, sometimes a bit stressful, too), here is a quick and simple recipe for you.

Pesto is absolutely the best solution for those moments when you want something quick and uncomplicated. It’s a magical pasta sauce which requires no additional interventions aside from stirring, but other than used as a pasta sauce, it also makes great addition to your potatoes, pizzas, sandwiches or grilled and roasted meats.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields around 1 cup / 1.89 EUR for all)

10 sundried tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seeds (0.13 EUR)

4 tbsp olive oil (0.18 EUR)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01. EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02. EUR)

½ cup of finely shredded hard cheese (0.80 EUR)

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METHOD:

Soak the sundried tomatoes in about two cups of warm water for about an hour. Drain, but reserve the water. Roughly chop up the softened tomatoes and garlic then add to a food processor along with sunflower seeds, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pulse until creamy with a bit of small chunks here and there, while gradually adding in the reserved tomato water until pesto reaches the desired consistency. Add in shredded cheese and pulse a bit more to incorporate.

If you’re immediately cooking up some pasta, add in the remaining reserved tomato water to your pasta water. Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and stir in the pesto. Dilute as needed with pasta cooking water and serve immediately sprinkled with a bit more shredded cheese.

Pesto will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week, but you can also freeze it.

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Dragi prijatelji, sretni vam blagdani. ❤ Nadam se da se lijepo provodite i uživate okruženi svojom obitelji i dragim vam osobama. Također se nadam i da uživate u puno fine hrane. Pošto su ovo ipak užurbani dani (koji, na žalost, znaju biti i pomalo stresni), evo vam jedan brzi i jednostavni recept.

Pesto je moj apsolutni favorit kada želim pripremiti nešto brzinsko i nimalo komplicirano. Ovaj čarobni umak za tjesteninu na kraju ne zahtijeva nikakve dodatne intervencije, osim da sve dobro promiješajte. No, osim svoje difoltne primjene sa tjesteninom, pesto je također fantastičan dodatak krumpirima, pizzi, sendvičima, kao i pečenom mesu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 1 šalicu / 14,08 kn)

10 sušenih rajčica (5,00 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovih sjemenki (1,00 kn)

4 žlice maslinovog ulja (1,32 kn)

1 žlica jabučnog octa (0,10 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

½ šalice ribanog tvrdog sira (6,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Namočite sušene rajčice u toploj vodi oko sat vremena. Ocijedite ih, ali vodu sačuvajte. Grubo nasjeckajte ocijeđene rajčice i češnjak, pa ih ubacite u multipraktik zajedno sa suncokretovim sjemenkama, maslinovim uljem, octom, solju i paprom. Pulsirajte dok sve ne bude kremasto sa malo preostalih komadića. Dok pulsirate, malo po malo dodajte vodu koju ste sačuvali od rajčica, sve dok pesto ne bude željene konzistencije. Dodajte ribani sir i samo još kratko propulsirajte da se sve sjedini.

Ako ćete odmah jesi pesto sa tjesteninom, preostalu vodu od rajčica dodajte u vodu u kojoj ćete kuhati tjesteninu. Tjesteninu skuhajte al dente, ocijedite ju, te u nju umiješajte pesto. Prema potrebi sve razrijedite sa malo vode u kojoj se kuhala tjestenina te odmah poslužite posipano sa još malo ribanog sira.

Pesto će vam držati u hladnjaku u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi do tjedan dana, ali ga također možete i zamrznuti.

Sundried Tomato and Sunflower Seed Pesto (vegetarian) / Pesto od sušenih rajčica i suncokretovih sjemeneki (vegetarijanski)

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