Spinach Pasta With Asparagus Pesto
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: | Total Time:
- 1 pound spinach spaghetti
- 1/2 pound green asparagus, peeled and trimmed
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 ounce pine nuts (2 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 ounce Parmesan, freshly grated (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions until al dente. Drain.
- Meanwhile, place the asparagus in a pot of lightly salted boiling water. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until tender-crisp. Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking.
- Cut the spears in half. Roughly chop the stalk bottoms; cut tops into 1-inch pieces. In a food processor, combine the bottoms, garlic, ¼ cup basil, pine nuts, and ½ teaspoon salt. With the motor running, add 1 tablespoon oil and process until finely chopped.
- In a large skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the shallot; cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the asparagus mixture and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and asparagus tops and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Tear the remaining basil leaves and add to the skillet, along with the pasta, Parmesan, pepper, and remaining salt. Toss well. Serve immediately.
- Per Serving
- Calories 542
- Calcium 211mg
- Carbohydrate 85g
- Cholesterol 6mg
- Fat 14g
- Fiber 13g
- Iron 6mg
- Protein 21mg
- Sat Fat 3g
- Sodium 1129mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .
To make this pasta vegetarian without watering down the flavor, use vegetable (rather than chicken) broth.