January 23, 2014

Spinach + Basil Pesto Whole Grain Pasta

Pasta, I love it! It's one of my favorite foods, however I know I can eat LOTS of it so I try not to make it often. The kids had been wanting spaghetti all last week so since I'm on a healthy + fit journey right now I decided to create this healthy version instead. I've actually made this pasta before but not with pesto just a little olive oil but when I bought the whole grain pasta I found this recipe on the back...
YES! I had all of the ingredients so I gave it a go and I'm so glad I did! It was delicious! One of my kids liked it, the other not so much but she still ate it so... I will call it a success! Here is what you will need or what I used to make this. It's basically the same recipe on the box except I added a couple more veggies + some chicken to it. 

- 1 LB of chicken tenders (cooked + cubed)
- 1 BOX of whole grain angel hair pasta 
- 5 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil , divided (I used a little more than this)
- Red, Yellow + Green Peppers chopped
- 2 Zucchini chopped
- 1 tomato chopped
- 1 cup of mushrooms
- Salt + Pepper to taste
- 1 cup of Spinach
- Handful of fresh basil
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/4 cup of romano cheese (I just used italian blend)

First you boil your pasta in a large pot of water and cook pasta according to package, then drain and set aside saving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid
In a blender combine spinach, garlic, basil, cheese, salt + pepper to taste and 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil to make your pesto.
Lastly you sauté your veggies, once they are cooked add your chicken, pasta, pesto and liquid and mix it all together and you're all set! I seriously loved this! I served myself seconds.... or thirds. Hey it's healthy pasta right?
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