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Tamra's Lemon Artichoke Pesto

Tamra Scott-Hunt

"Chopped artichoke hearts with garlic, lemon juice, and Parmesan. Great on rotelle pasta or as an appetizer on mini toasts. Tastes just like the stuff I was paying too much for at the specialty market. We freeze the leftovers in an ice tray for easy weekday dinners."
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15 m servings 386 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 386 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 39.2 g
  • 60%
  • Carbs:
  • 6.2g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 5.7 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 111 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, walnuts, canola oil, olive oil, and salt into a food processor. Pulse until smooth, then pour into a large bowl. Gently stir in chopped artichokes and Parmesan cheese.

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  1. 48 Ratings

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I really liked this. But wow, that's a lot of garlic! I used 5 good-sized cloves and had to eat like 5 peppermints after dinner to get rid of the taste- lol. But it's worth it! ;) I made th...

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This was pretty good and fairly easy (we did it without a food processor so the consistency was a little off). Like others, we used basil instead of cilantro and just our two garlic cloves seeme...

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I really liked this. But wow, that's a lot of garlic! I used 5 good-sized cloves and had to eat like 5 peppermints after dinner to get rid of the taste- lol. But it's worth it! ;) I made th...

I find this to be a inexpensive alternative to traditional basil pesto. It has a different, but just as enjoyable, taste. I left out the canola oil (using only the 1/2 c olive oil), used about 1...

Excellent recipe! I made this as an appetizer for a dinner party and served it with French Bread. It was so delicious that I made it AGAIN two nights later for an office dinner function! Love...

This was awesome. I have seen this in a jar at Trader Joe's but knew there had to be a recipe out there. A bit too garlicky so next time less, and I too used basil and pine nuts. SO good!

This was actually very spicy, but VERY good. I used canned artichoke hearts because I have never seen frozen ones. It sure was good.

whoops! I accidentally made this the same but with basil instead of cilantro and it was WONDERFUL! Thanks x

Fresh and delicious (and yes, garlicky!). I did use 8 cloves of garlic, but they were very small cloves. If I was making this again, I would probably use 4 regular-size cloves of garlic and have...

This is awesome pesto! I'm not a huge garlic fan, so I cut the garlic down to one large clove and it still had a nice garlic flavor. I also added cooked, shredded chicken breast. Yum!! Thanks...

The garlic makes this pesto very spicy. My husband, who claims he hates garlics, loved this before the aftertaste of the garlics hit him. He still wants me to make it though, but without the g...