Pesto-Roasted Potatoes

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

    Pesto
  • •4 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • •3 medium garlic cloves, sliced
  • •1/3 cup pine nuts, slivered almonds or walnut pieces
  • •½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • •1 cup olive oil

  • Roasted potatoes
  • •2 lb small red potatoes, washed well, dried and halved
  • •3 tbsp pesto
  • •1 tbsp olive oil
  • •1 tbsp lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
  • •salt and freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Pesto

  1. Place all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until chopped.
  2. Add the olive oil in a thin stream and process until well blended. If the pesto is too thick, add a bit more oil. Transfer to an airtight container or freeze in ice cube trays.

Roasted potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until the outer edges become just tender but the potatoes still solidly hold their shape, about 8 minutes. Drain well, then place in a bowl.
  3. Add the pesto, olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet, then roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until nicely crusted with the pesto. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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