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Paprika Pesto

Paprika pesto is a savory and spicy sauce made with paprika (spice prepared from dried fruits of capsicum annum such as chili pepper or bell pepper), and several other ingredients often consisting of cheese, nuts, basil, parsley, garlic, and seasonings. The variations of this pesto are often explained in terms of use of distinct ingredients, with paprika remaining the key ingredient in all the recipes. It is the use of paprika which helps in imparting spicy flavor to the sauce, which pairs well with pasta and grilled meat.

Popular Paprika Pesto Recipes

A few popular paprika pesto recipes have been discussed hereunder:

  • Parsley paprika pesto- this paprika pesto recipe suggests blending together parsley, red onions, garlic cloves, paprika, salt, and red wine vinegar, and gradually pouring in olive oil until the desired consistency is attained.

  • Smoked paprika based pesto- the recipe for this pesto suggests using smoked paprika to prepare the pesto sauce. Smoked paprika is blended along with garlic, basil, and olive oil to prepare the pesto.

  • Nuts and paprika based pesto- paprika is blended along with pine nuts, almonds or cashew nuts, and several other ingredients viz. garlic, parmesan cheese, pepper, and salt to prepare the pesto.

  • Sun dried tomatoes and paprika based pesto- this paprika pesto recipe suggests processing together paprika, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Serving Paprika Based Pesto

  • Paprika based pesto pairs well with shrimp.

  • The pesto is served with grilled fish or meat.

  • The smoked paprika pesto acts as a perfect filling ingredient for sandwiches.

  • It is served popularly with pasta.

Paprika Based Pesto Nutrition Facts

Paprika pesto is enriched with the nutrients of paprika, with 2.1 g of paprika providing around 6 calories, obtained from 0.3 g of fat, 1 mg of sodium, 1.2 g of carbohydrate, and 0.3 g of protein.