Take roasted fingerling potatoes to the next level with the addition of some simple, but flavourful, ingredients like pesto, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and parmesan. These pesto potatoes are incredibly easy to prepare and would make for a delicious vegetable side dish the whole family will love!
Today I’m sharing another easy potato recipe with you all.
What can I say?
It’s the season for all the yummy sides, am I right?
While I do love the classics (hello roasted garlic mashed potatoes), these roasted fingerling potatoes are something extra special.
There’s hardly any prep work, but the end result is delicious!
When potatoes are roasted with pesto, the pesto gets kinda caramelly and simply scrumptious.
Trust me, those little brown bits are the bits ya wanna be eating.
Plus, “pesto potatoes” is kind of fun to say, don’t ya think?
Ingredients for Pesto Potatoes
- Fingerling potatoes
- Parmesan cheese (the real deal parmesan, not the powdered stuff)
- Your favourite pesto, either store-bought or homemade pesto
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- And any garnish you enjoy, like parsley
Can I Use Another Potato Instead of Fingerling?
Fingerling potatoes were used, but you could use baby potatoes (red, purple or yellow), or even your favourite larger variety of potato (like Russet or Yukon Gold) and cut into chunks.
How To Make Them
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Clean your fingerling potatoes and remove any odd bits. Cut in half lengthwise. There’s no need to peel these.
- Place potatoes in a bowl and toss with Parmesan, pesto, oil, garlic, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Place the potatoes cut side down onto a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, carefully turn the potatoes and roast for another 15 minutes or until they’re fork-tender.
Ever have fries (or even fried chicken) and you get those little extra crispy bits, maybe in the bottom of the package?
Those are what I go for.
And these roasted fingerling potatoes get all kinds of crispy bits.
See what I’m sayin’?
Make It a Meal!
Round things out with a main dish. Any of these mains would be lovely with pesto potatoes:
Tips and Variations for Making This Potato Side Dish
- Upon serving, a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice would be lovely. Instead of fries and vinegar, think roasted potatoes and punchy lemon.
- Like mentioned previously, use another variety of potato if you don’t have fingerling potatoes on hand or prefer to use something else.
- Use a large enough baking sheet so the potatoes are spread out and roast nicely.
- Don’t have parsley to garnish or rather not use? Omit or use chopped chives or green onion instead.
More Easy Vegetable Sides
- Whipped Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe
- Brown Butter Mashed Turnip With Roasted Garlic
If you make these pesto potatoes, be sure to leave a comment below!
Pesto Potatoes (Roasted Fingerling Potatoes)
- 1.5 pounds fingerling potatoes, cut in half (lengthwise)
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to taste for optional garnish
- 3 tablespoons pesto
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes (red chili flakes)
- Chopped fresh parsley, garnish to taste (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Clean potatoes and remove any odd bits. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with Parmesan cheese, pesto, olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes until the potatoes are well coated.
- Place potatoes onto a 9-inch x 13-inch (or larger) sheet pan (cut side down) in a single layer. Roast 20 minutes.
- Carefully turn potatoes and roast for another 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.
- Transfer potatoes to a serving dish and garnish, if desired, with fresh parsley and more grated Parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
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