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Pesto Potato Bake

This Pesto Potato Bake is brought to you by The Whole Smiths in partnership with Tasteful Selections. This easy-to-make recipe cooks up in no time and had the option to easily be dairy- free and Whole30 compliant.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Side
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: pesto baked potatoes, pesto potatoes, potatoes with pesto
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Michelle

Ingredients

  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup salted and roasted cashew pieces
  • 1/4 cup pinenuts
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds Tasteful Selections nibbles variety see notes
  • 1/2 cup shredded pecorino romano or parmesan cheese optional
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free or traditional ricotta
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425*F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the basil, 1 cup of the olive oil, cashews, pine nuts and 1 teaspoon of the salt to a blender and blend on high for about 10 seconds to make the pesto. Set aside.
  • Toss the potatoes in the remaining 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the salt.
  • Spread the potatoes evenly over the parchment-lined baking sheet, being careful not to crowd the potatoes. Use a second baking sheet if necessary.
  • Roast the potatoes for 15 to 17 minutes.
  • Add the roasted potatoes to a large bowl with the pesto and the (optional) grated pecorino or parmesan.
  • Add the potatoes to a rimmed baking dish and add small dollops of the ricotta cheese over the top and black pepper to taste.
  • Bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is warm and melted.

Notes

  • If you cannot find Tasteful Selections at your nearest store….. you should move. Just kidding. Another small potato will do, just make sure to adjust the cooking time
  • Add some cherry tomatoes to the potatoes when you add the pesto for extra zip.
  • If you’d like to add some protein to this feel free to add some shredded rotisserie chicken to make it a more complete meal. Don’t forget to have some additional veggies on the side.
  • Double the batch for dinner sides throughout the week.