Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tilapia & Tomato with Bows in Herb and Soy Nut Pesto

Tilapia & Tomato
with Bows in Herb and Soy Nut Pesto

Tonight's post could be one dinner or two; flaky Tilapia in a simple Grape Tomato Sauce served over Bow Tie Pasta tossed in my amazing Herb and Soy Nut Pesto. 

Soy Nuts in Pesto?  Absolutely.  Soy nuts are good for you, and they are way cheaper than pine nuts.  They give this Pesto a crunchy and slightly salty finish.

Note:  The Pesto recipe makes enough to toss with 1/2 pound of bow ties.


For the Pesto:

1 cup fresh Basil Leaves
1/8 cup Fresh Mint Leaves
1/8 cup Lightly Salted Soy Nuts, plus extra for topping
1/8 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 cloves fresh Garlic, peeled but left whole
1/2 cup good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, more or less to taste

For the Tilapia:

Makes 2 Servings -

2 - 4 ounce Tilapia Fillets
Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
2/3 cup sliced Grape Tomatoes
Splash of Lemon Juice
Dried Dill Weed, to taste
Splash of Dry White Wine

Other:  Cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Cook pasta per package directions.

In a food processor, combine basil, mint, soy nuts, Parmesan Cheese, garlic and olive oil.  Pulse ten times and then blend for 30 seconds.  While pesto blends, drizzle in Olive Oil.

Spray glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Top Tilapia fillets with Old Bay Seasoning, tomatoes and lemon juice and dill weed. 

Add a splash of wine to the pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Toss cooked bow ties with pesto. 

Top with extra soy nuts if desired and serve immediately.
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