Roasted Red Pepper Pesto with Red Onion Recipe
This recipe for roasted red pepper pesto is a great replacement for pasta sauce, its low calories and quick and easy to make. Try this on sandwiches or drizzle over a salad for extra flavour.
- Recipe makes: 3 servings
- Prep time:
- Cook time: 15 mins
- Calories: 167
- 3 red peppers
- 4 garlic cloves
- 100g fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 50g ricotta cheese
- 1 tbsp oregano dried
- ½ red onion
- ¼ tsp salt
- 38g nutritional yeast flakes
Preheat oven to 190°C / Gas Mark 5 / 375°F
- Place washed, whole fresh peppers on a baking tray. Skin the garlic
- Place the peppers in the oven or under the grill if preferred.
- Roast, turning frequently, until the skin has turned black and blistered.
- Remove from oven and place peppers into an airtight container such as a bowl with a lid, or a plastic or paper bag.
- Let the peppers rest in the container for 10 to 15 minutes to build up steam which will help in the removal of the pepper skin.
- Remove from container and peel off the skin, then cut the pepper in half, removing the seeds and core.
- While the peppers are roasting, toast the garlic in a skillet or heavy based pan by shaking occasionally until the cloves are slighlty coloured, which will take approximately 7-10 minutes. Do not allow to char.
- Transfer to a plate to cool and then peel and crush.
- Place the cooled and prepared garlic and peppers together with the other ingredients into a food processor and buzz in short bursts until smooth but still retaining a slightly grainy texture. Season with a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.
The Nutritional Yeast flakes (available from health food shops) are a substitute for parmesan which would bring the fat content up to 55% if used.
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