nutritional information

Per 1 1/2-cup:

  • Calories: 452
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Total Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Cholesterol: 6 mg
  • Sodium: 132 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 9 g

Linguine with Grill-Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Pesto

Linguine with Grill-Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Pesto

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

Grilled zucchini and garlic get puréed with toasted sunflower seeds, fresh basil, and Parmesan to make a rich, mellow pesto. If storing pesto in the fridge, top the sauce with a thin layer of olive oil to preserve its bright-green color.
  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 ½ Tbs. plus ⅛ tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 8 oz. uncooked linguine
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds, divided
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 small zucchini, halved, then cut into thin slices lengthwise
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Place garlic cloves on square of foil, drizzle with 1/8 tsp. oil, and wrap into flat package. Grill 20 minutes. Open packet to cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.

3. Toast sunflower seeds in skillet 5 to 6 minutes over medium heat. Transfer to plate, and set aside.

4. Thread tomatoes onto skewers. Brush tomatoes and zucchini with 2 Tbs. oil, and grill 6 minutes, or until tomatoes begin to shrink and zucchini is tender.

5. Transfer garlic, basil, and 2 Tbs. toasted sunflower seeds to food processor, and blend until finely ground. Add 1 cup grilled zucchini, remaining 11/2 Tbs. oil, and Parmesan; blend until smooth.

6. Drain pasta, and toss with pesto, remaining zucchini, and tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining sunflower seeds.

July/August 2014

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Excellent! Used store bought pesto and pureed zucchini and sunflower seeds into it-- plan to make again with fresh basil when it's in season/growing in the garden. Came together quickly once the veggies were cooked. Yum!

Kristen F. - 2015-05-21 15:48:00

This was delicious BUT it required a dishwasher full of pots, pans and implements to prepare. I did not cook the pasta until after everything else was ready. Likely too fussy to make again.

Ann Zimmerman - 2014-08-01 18:47:40

Decent, thick pesto recipe... add a squeeze of lemon juice. Do not, by any means, grill the garlic for 20 minutes... it will be burnt to a charcoal status. Garlic/zucchini/tomatoes all good to go @ 10m. Otherwise a good simple recipe, especially with farmer's market ingredients :)

Krista - 2014-07-29 17:47:41