20-Minute Spinach Pesto Pasta Recipe: Easy Pasta With Peas & Pesto Recipe Is Dinner Fast by Donna John

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20-Minute Spinach Pesto Pasta Recipe: Easy Pasta With Peas & Pesto Recipe Is Dinner Fast

Basil takes a backseat to spinach in this healthy pesto pasta recipe. It's a complete meal, but if you want to add some garlic bread or a salad, it won't hurt my feelings.

Cuisine: Italian/American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta, cooked to package directions (fettucine, penne and angel hair work well)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Pesto

  • 2 cups spinach leaves, washed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil or Italian flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Here’s how to make it:

  1. To make the pesto, combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (You can add more olive oil to reach desired consistency.) 
  2. To the hot pasta, add the peas, spinach pesto and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Toss to combine. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.  

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Kelli Porcaro
Just read an article this weekend about peas being a great source of protein for non-meat eaters like me! :) Thanks Donna John for the perfectly timed yummy recipe!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Pesto is my favorite! Sounds delicious, Donna John !

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