Spinach Pesto Pasta

Spinach Pesto Pasta

This "pesto" is perfect for keeping calories low, as it cuts out all the oil and nuts that make up a regular pesto sauce. The spinach gives it it's green colour and the basil adds that pesto flavour but at a fraction of the calories!

Adding chicken to the recipe can bulk it out and add even more protein too!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 2


Amount Per Serving
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.1g4%
Total Carbohydrate 65.6g22%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g12%
Protein 11.8g24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Yields2 ServingsCategoryDinner

 150 g dried penne pasta
 1 large onion - chopped
 150 g mushrooms - sliced
 2 garlic cloves - chopped
 40 g fresh spinach
 1 handful fresh basil
 1 tsp dried oregano
 1 tsp black pepper
 0.50 tsp salt

1

Bring a large salted pot of water to the boil and add in the pasta.
Cook until al-dente. It should still be a little firm when bitten.

2

In a blender add the spinach and seasonings. Pulse until smooth.

Add a tbsp of water if the sauce is too thick, and blend again until smooth.

3

Place a non-stick pan on medium heat and add the mushrooms, onions and garlic. Cook until softened and the onions are translucent.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

4

Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the vegetables.
Add the sauce to the pan and mix well.

Serve with your favourite garlic bread and enjoy!

Ingredients

 150 g dried penne pasta
 1 large onion - chopped
 150 g mushrooms - sliced
 2 garlic cloves - chopped
 40 g fresh spinach
 1 handful fresh basil
 1 tsp dried oregano
 1 tsp black pepper
 0.50 tsp salt

Directions

1

Bring a large salted pot of water to the boil and add in the pasta.
Cook until al-dente. It should still be a little firm when bitten.

2

In a blender add the spinach and seasonings. Pulse until smooth.

Add a tbsp of water if the sauce is too thick, and blend again until smooth.

3

Place a non-stick pan on medium heat and add the mushrooms, onions and garlic. Cook until softened and the onions are translucent.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

4

Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the vegetables.
Add the sauce to the pan and mix well.

Serve with your favourite garlic bread and enjoy!

Spinach Pesto Pasta

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