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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Spinach Almond Pesto Pasta

Spinach Almond Pesto Pasta
Pesto sauce is origin of Italy. Traditionally it is prepared with basil, garlic, pine nuts, Olive oil and Parmesan cheese.  I have replaced basil with spinach and pine nuts with walnuts. Creamy green pesto gives a nice texture and taste to the recipe. Traditionally the pesto is prepared with mortar and wooden pestle. A simple, quick and healthy pasta. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Almond Spinach Pesto Pasta.




Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Ready in: 30 mins
Yields: 2 servings
Spinach Almond Pesto Pasta

Ingredients:
Table 1:
Any pasta2 Cups
Grated Parmesan CheeseFor Garnishing

Table 2: Pesto sauce preparation
Baby Spinach Leaves (tightly packed) 2 Cups
Chopped almonds2 tbsp
Olive oil2 tsp
Garlic cloves chopped1 tsp
Grated Parmesan Cheese1/2 Cup

Instructions:
  • Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water along with salt as per instructions given in pasta packet.Drain excessive water by placing pasta in colander.Reserve 1/4 cup water.

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Pesto sauce preparation:
  • Wash spinach in running water for 3-4 times and keep it ready. Dry roast almonds till they turn golden colour. 
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  • Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic cloves and fry till raw smell goes off. Add washed spinach and cook for 2-3 mins till the spinach leaves shrink in size. Switch off the stove and allow it to cool.
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  • Grind spinach, garlic cloves, almonds and 1/2 cup of cheese into smooth paste in blender by adding enough reserved water (Got from draining cooked pasta).
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  • Add the pesto sauce to the cooked pasta. Garnish with Parmesan cheese before serving.
Spinach Almond Pesto Pasta
Spinach Almond Pesto Pasta

Tips:
Freshly ground pepper can be added for garnishing.
Adjust garlic cloves to your taste.

12 comments:

  1. Very very flavourful, healthy and yummy pasta Nithya love it....

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  2. Wow.. Looks so yummy & cute.. Love that nice green color :)

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  3. Very terrific, nutty and delicious pasta, am in love with this green pesto.

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  4. wow wow love the vibrant color of this pasta and so so healthy one :) looks so delicious dear .. Tempting me !!

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  5. Delicious and healthy pasta Love the green color.

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  6. I love this so much. Gonna try for this weekend. Have a packet of spaghetti and been thinking what to do and here comes the inviting and posh recipe.

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  7. Healthy and delicious pasta.. It has got a beautiful color..

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  8. Wow so healthy and delicious pasta Nithya :-) Love the color

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  9. Lovely colour!! Very tempting...

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