Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club started a new session in September. We welcome back the old members and some new members for another great cooking sessions.

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Michelle, the facilitator of the cooking club prepared four recipes for this session. The first recipe is Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes.

The quick pesto consists of nutritional yeast which is a deactivated yeast; sold as a food product. It contains protein, vitamins and fiber. It often is fortified with additional B vitamins.


Quick Pesto

  • 3 cups basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Broiled Tomatoes

  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and halved crosswise
  • 5 tablespoons panko or breadcrumbs

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Source: Vegetarian Times


Senior Kitchen 020Place basil and garlic in a food processor or blender.

Add pine nuts (or alternatives) and nutritional yeast.

Process for one minute, or until nuts are finely chopped.

Scrape the sides if necessary.

Senior Kitchen 025While motor running, add olive oil in steady stream. Process one minute more, or until smooth. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
Senior Kitchen 023Preheat oven to broil (or high). Place tomatoes cut side up on baking sheet.
Senior Kitchen 031Spread each half with 2 teaspoons pesto and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons breadcrumbs.
Senior Kitchen 060Broil 3 to 5 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are browned and pesto is bubbly.

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