Spaghetti with Pistachio-Mint Pesto and Spinach

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<p>Spaghetti with Pistachio-Mint Pesto and Spinach</p>

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

This meatless meal definitely doesn't skimp on flavor. With a bright and fresh spring pesto and lots of healthy spinach, getting your greens has never been so easy. 

Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup pasta mixture, 1/2 ounce burrata, and 3/4 teaspoon pistachios)


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1/3 cup packed fresh mint
1/3 cup packed fresh basil
1/3 cup packed fresh parsley
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
2 small garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup shelled dry-roasted, unsalted pistachios
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
4 cups unsalted vegetable stock
12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti or linguine (such as Wild Oats)
1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
3 ounces Burrata cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped shelled dry-roasted, unsalted pistachios
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)


Hands-on: 43 Minutes
Total: 43 Minutes

1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a mini chopper; add 1/4 cup pistachios, and process until finely chopped. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt; pulse to combine. Add 3 tablespoons oil; process until blended.

2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Stir in shallots; sauté 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in stock, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pasta; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until pasta is done, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Stir in pesto and spinach. Divide pasta mixture among 6 shallow bowls; top evenly with Burrata, and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and crushed red pepper, if desired.

Created date

January 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 397
Fat 20.1 g
Satfat 4.3 g
Monofat 9.8 g
Polyfat 3.6 g
Protein 13 g
Carbohydrate 50 g
Fiber 8 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 527 mg
Calcium 162 mg
Sugars 3 g
Est. Added Sugars 0 g