How To Make Spinach Herb Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Spinach Herb Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Traditional pesto pasta recipe is great. Bump up the ingredients a little bit and you got yourself something even greater. With taste that is familiar yet so new. Guess what, Spinach Herb Pistachio Pesto Pasta. The flavors are brighter in this pesto dish because of the spinach, pistachios and adding a bit of fresh lemon juice. It’s a great way to ease the boredom with your traditional pesto.

How To Make Spinach Herb Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Preparation Times:

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25

Spinach Herb Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Equipment:

  • Food processor
  • Cooking pot
  • Large bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasta of your choice
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/4 shelled pistachios
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 extra-virgin olive oil
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Ground pistachios for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Bring large pot of water with salt to a boil and cook pasta for 8-10 minutes, or as per packaging instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add the spinach, basil, pistachios, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Add the olive oil slowly and process until smooth. Scrape down sides with a spatula and mix again if necessary.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta and pesto and mix until evenly combined. Add the reserved pasta water gradually until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle with lemon juice, garnish with parmesan cheese and ground pistachios. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Overview

Spinach

Spinach is extremely healthy and linked to numerous health benefits. It has been shown to improve oxidative stress, eye health, and blood pressure. It packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium. [1]

Pistachios

Pistachios are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants and various nutrients, including vitamin B6 and potassium. Their health benefits may include a healthier gut, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, in addition to promoting weight loss and eye and blood vessel health. [2]

FAQ

Sources

[1] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/spinach#plant-compounds

[2] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-of-pistachios