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What's the deal with the "main category" and "course choices?" This may be vegetarian, but not vegan—cheese in it. And you could have it for lunch, dinner, mixed in soup, on a salad, or on a sandwich—or for its intended use: over pasta.
Anway, I've never had real pesto—with the basil, pine-nuts, etc. But this recipe is delicious!
My mother is from Brasil (and she spells it with an "S"), so I grew up on this dish. She says that the real, good stuff has Portuguese sausage (linguica), bacon, and fresh pork as well as the ham-hocks. But when she got to the states linguica wasn't easy to be found, so she used pepperoni. Anyway, this recipe is how she made it for us.
NOTE: I prefer smoked ham shanks, which taste the same but have more meat and less fat (the hocks have the skin on, shanks don't). Mom would leave the skin from the ham-hocks floating around in the beans so you could eat that too, but I think that's just nasty.
OR you could use a ham bone—leftover from a nice ham (like at Christmas time or something)—to flavor your beans.
This is just a basic, simple recipe. I've seen recipes that use a cup or so of orange juice; recipes that add sauteed onions and garlic at the end (instead of using dried onion); even recipes that add bell peppers and other veggies.
You can make this with 3/4 lb. shrimp instead of the salmon. In that case, it is 276.8 calories per serving.