How to Make Pasta With Spinach Pesto & Peas in Less Than 30 Minutes! by Donna John

Pasta Dinner
a year ago
How to Make Pasta With Spinach Pesto & Peas in Less Than 30 Minutes!

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!

You'll need:

  • 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
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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.  

Kelli Schulte
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!

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