Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Pasta dishes are one of my favorite go-to meals when I’m in a hurry and need dinner fast. I can my own pasta sauce, so I always have a few jars of that on hand so I can mix up a meal of spaghetti if we’re in a hurry. However, I thought I’d try something a little different for this one. I love pasta with pesto, but I saw a recipe on Pinterest for one with spinach, and I just had to try it. The original called for far more oil (and a far more expensive oil), but I used olive oil, and it worked fine and tasted fabulous. Since the nuts tend to make their own oil when they’re processed for long enough, I started with that and let it go for a few minutes. After a couple of minutes, I drizzled in a little olive oil at a time until it reached the right consistency. Combined with whole grain pasta, some garden fresh tomatoes, you’ve got a simple and delicious meal ready to go.

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Pasta with Spinach Pesto Recipe

A fresh twist on a classic pasta dish - pesto prepared with spinach, pistachios and Swiss cheese.
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Course: Main Course Recipes
Cuisine: Italian Recipes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 people
Calories 604.94 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups spinach - packed fresh
  • ½ cup low fat Swiss cheese - grated
  • cup pistachios - unsalted and shelled
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • ½ lemon - jucied
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8 oz whole grain pasta

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the spinach, cheese, pistachios, garlic, lemon juice and salt.
  • Process on high.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the desired consistency is formed.
  • Drain the pasta.
  • Return the pasta to the pan and add the pesto.
  • Toss to coat and cook over medium high heat until the pesto is heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 604.94 kcal (30%)Carbohydrates: 82.7 g (28%)Protein: 16.27 g (33%)Fat: 25.04 g (39%)Saturated Fat: 5.9 g (37%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.89 gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.08 gTrans Fat: 0.001 gCholesterol: 2.36 mg (1%)Sodium: 760.98 mg (33%)Potassium: 71.75 mg (2%)Fiber: 5.08 g (21%)Sugar: 3.48 g (4%)Vitamin A: 178.9 IU (4%)Vitamin C: 0.23 mgCalcium: 331.05 mg (33%)Iron: 7.18 mg (40%)
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Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is about 1 oz pasta with about 1/2 cup pesto
Each serving = 6 Smart Points
PER SERVING: 208 calories; 9.9g fat; 1.5g saturated fat; 24.7g carbohydrates; .7g sugar; 7.9g protein; 1g fiber
 

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