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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Seed Pesto on Spaghetti Squash

Another midweek yummy veggie pasta. I love making or I should say eating pumpkin seed (or pepita) pesto. Like any pesto it is so simple to make. You can use raw pumpkin seeds like I did or you can toast them before tossing them into the food processor. I used plenty of pumpkin seeds to give it a hearty feel to it. A lot of pepita pestos call for cilantro, but I used basil in mine. You can use one or the other or both if you like.

I had a nice bunch of basil going on my plant so I wanted to use it before it started to get all woody, or turned to seeds. I should really make a second batch and freeze it. When I made this one I ran out of olive oil so I used some pumpkin seed oil and macadamia nut oil that I already had.


3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas) hulled
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup basil (or you can add 1/2 c cilantro or parsley
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
a squeeze of a lemon
sea salt and pepper ( a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired)

Combine the seeds, Parmesan and garlic in the food processor and grind them first. Then add the remaining ingredients, drizzling the olive oil in while it is running until it is smooth.
I ground it quite smooth but it still needed a little more oil so I froze one half and put aside the other until I could pick up some more olive oil (can you believe I ran out of olive oil?) I can't believe I ran out!

So....the next day I baked the squash and added the olive oil to my pesto , smoothed it over the cooked squash and added some goat cheese! There you have it...a quick (well except the time it took to bake the squash) easy meal...except for running out of olive oil and searching every where knowing you have a bottle around some where.

This pesto was still good even after the delay, it was probably better the next day (yes, that's it, I was planing on it setting a day to taste better).

This pesto is so versatile, (okay most of them are). Use it on sandwiches, it is great on crackers, add it to any pasta for a side dish, or add chicken for a main dish, hey or you can spread it on chicken breasts with goat cheese and bake it. Mmmm... just think of all you can do!

As promised I have a few more photos of The Ca' d Zan, John and Mable Ringling's Mansion.

I have some photos from different times that I've been there. I n this one they were still working on it, hence the plywood and orange barricade.

A little larger shot of the gate and the side of the house leading to the front veranda, or lani.

Here is the front facing the gardens and the magnificent grounds. I can show some of that later.

The details of this house is what really makes it so interesting. From the tinted glass... the sea creatures on the trim...

...the posts... the top of the roof...

...and the marble on the boat dock...

many many nooks and crannies...

I'm sure he did bring these chairs in...everything he had in the house was imported from somewhere.

This balcony is off from his bedroom...Mable had her own bedroom. We did get to take a tour of the house and you can get a ticket to visit the second floor.

We did that once when my sister was in town, you should see the inside.

This is the other side of the mansion...and then there is the grounds to see....

Here is a sneak peak of the grounds, one of the many's been standing in one place too long, you can see why they call it a strangler fig!
Too much?!


  1. Phenomenal pictures and a great recipe.

    Stop over and pick up an award, please.

  2. This is even more healthful using spaghetti squash as the "pasta" :D

  3. I love the sound of this pesto.

    The photos are fantastic, it is so nice to see places in other parts of the world. DCiane

  4. a crunchy bite I guess with all those pumpkin seeds! - very appropriate for the season! love those shots too!

  5. Found ur delcious blog thru dearest Chaya and u have so muc of deliciousness galore here!!
    Lovely pics too!!

  6. That dish is awesome! The kind of food I love.

    What a splendid mansion.



  7. Fantastic pics...lovely post with gorgeous recipe dear...

    Tasty Appetite

  8. I tried leaving a comment last night on this post...something must be wrong with my account...This looks great...I love the i would love to visit the mansion.

  9. Chaya, thanks you so much for passing the award on to me, it is such an honor! I love meeting so many great people on their blogs!

    tigerfish, yes it is pretty healthy, you can always use pasta if you feel better about that! Lol!

    Diane, thanks, and I enjoy seeing your part of the world so much on your blog too!

    Adelina, actually I blended it enough where it was pretty smooth, a lot more than the photo shows. Then the whole seeds on top just for a garnish!

    ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥, thank you so much! Isn't Chaya great! It is so nice to meet you!

    Sarah, thank you!

    Rosa, glad you like it. The mansion is amazing, it's hard to stop taking pictures...can you tell?

    Jay, thank you

    Bo, I'm glad you tried again, thanks! If you like the circus you'd love it here. Not only do they have the mansion, Mabel's rose garden, and the art museum, they have the miniature circus museum. It tells you all about the Ringling brothers and circus history here in Sarasota!

  10. sorry your colleague didn't like your soup I think it sounds amazing, and wow what a recipe great pesto
    the Mansion is simply beautiful
    have a great weekend lyndsey


  11. Thanks for sharing the nice pictures and healthy dish.

  12. Rebecca, thanks, everyone else liked it! :D It just seemed funny. I would love to try your pumpkin soup, it would go great with this.

    Sonia, my pleasure!

  13. That plate of pasta looks delicious! I must try making pesto sauce one of these days. And the pictures on the mansion are amazing too!

  14. Great photos! What a gorgeous mansion and I love that marble flooring. Your dish looks delicious and pretty unique with including the seeds. Perfect for this time of year!

  15. Wow...those photos are GORGEOUS!! And I love the sound of a pumpkin seed pesto...perfect!

  16. fantastic pics and what a wonderful idea to make pesto out of pumpkin seeds and serve over spaghetti squash, a perfect fall meal indeed!

  17. Wow! I love this idea. I have pumpkin seeds in the fridge and a large spaghetti squash sitting around doing nothing. I know what we are having for dinner tonight. I will have to substitute a vegan cheese but otherwise this looks incredible.
    Thanks for posting this and making my "What should I make for dinner" decision easy.

  18. Stunning recipe (as usual)--so flavorful and creative, Lyndsey! Love the photos, all the excellent details!

  19. Jeannie, you should try making pesto it's super easy to make it the way you like it.

    Pam - it's great for this time of year. I just sprinkled the seeds on top for a garnish.

    girlichef - glad you enjoyed the pics.

    PJ - thanks so much, pumpkin seeds worked great!

    Ward - I sure hope you like it. You can make the pesto any consistency you like.

    Jenn - thank you so much, you are so sweet to say so!


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