Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto

19 02 2013

This is a great go-to meal when you need to get dinner together pronto! And better yet, it’s high in nutritional value and packed with antioxidants thanks to the fresh spinach.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto

The following serves 4 (compliments of Everyday Food):

  • 3/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti or penne
  • 8 ounces trimmed spinach
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Cook spaghetti or penne to al dente according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water before straining.

To make the pesto: in a food processor, pulse spinach, walnuts, parmesan, olive oil and garlic. Season with salt to taste.

Toss the pesto with the pasta and the reserved pasta water to make a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a dusting of grated parmesan. You could also serve with a dollop of ricotta instead.

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