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Spinach Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Spinach Pistachio Pesto Pasta Is A Fresh And Simple Meal That Can Be Made In Under 30 Minutes! This Easy Pasta Recipe Is A Springtime Dinner Favorite!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keywords pesto, pesto pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 370 kcal

Ingredients

For the pasta:

  • 1 lb rigatoni or your favorite pasta

For the spinach pistachio pesto:

  • 4 cups packed Kroger spinach leaves
  • 2 cups packed Simple Truth basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

For garnish:

  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil and add salt. Slowly add the pasta and stir gently. Return to a boil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until desired tenderness.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the spinach pistachio pesto. In a food processor, add the spinach, basil, pistachios, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Turn the food processor on and slowly stream in the olive oil. Mix until pesto is smooth. Stop the machine and remove the lid. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and mix again if necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. If you want the pesto to be a little thinner, you can add more olive oil. 

  3. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and put it in a large bowl.  Add the pesto (start with half of the recipe) and 1/4 cup of the pasta water to the pasta and stir until pasta is well coated. Add additional pesto and pasta water, if necessary, until desired consistency and flavor is reached. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with crushed red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve warm.