Powerhouse Pesto Pasta

Pesto gets a powerful boost of nutrition by adding beans, avocado, and spinach to the sauce.

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Serves8 (1 1/4 cups each)
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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, combine the avocados and spinach in a food processor or blender and pulse briefly (about 6 times).
  3. Add the basil, walnuts, 1/4 cup cannellini beans, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper and pulse about 6 more times, until texture is consistent.
  4. With the food processor or blender on, gradually add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Continue until smooth.
  5. Add 3/4 of the sauce to the cooked pasta, tossing gently to coat the noodles. Add the remaining sauce, as desired, and stir to coat the noodles evenly.
  6. Serve pasta and top with the remaining cannellini beans and grape tomatoes. Garnish with the reserved basil.

Recipe Tips

Prepare the pesto a day ahead for a quick and easy dinner.

Top with grated Parmesan!

Nutrition Facts
Powerhouse Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 1/4 cups eachg)
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Potassium 605mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 33%
Vitamin C 18%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium 8%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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