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Feast on Spring with This Veggie-Packed Pasta

Springtime Spaghetti with Pesto, Asparagus, and Zucchini

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SERVES 4

RECIPE BY JULIE O’HARA

Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredient­s

2 cups fresh basil, packed

½ cup toasted unsalted walnuts

2 small cloves garlic

1 tsp ground black pepper, divided

½ tsp sea salt, divided

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

12 oz thin asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths

1 zucchini, trimmed and cut into matchstick­s or shredded

1 cup frozen petite or baby peas, thawed

8 oz whole-grain spaghetti

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated or sliced

1 tbsp lemon zest (about 1 medium lemon)

Instructio­ns

1 In a food processor, pulse basil, walnuts, garlic, and half the pepper and salt until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in oil, then gently add ¼ cup water, and blend until a chunky sauce forms.

2 Mist a large skillet with cooking spray, and heat basil mixture on medium-high. Add asparagus, and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add 1 / cup water, and bring to a simmer. Cook,

3 stirring occasional­ly, until asparagus is tendercris­p and no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Add zucchini, peas, and remaining pepper and salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until zucchini is tender, about 2 minutes.

3 Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Return pasta to the pot.

4 Add the asparagus and basil mixtures to the pasta and heat on low, stirring gently. Gradually stir in reserved cooking water, 1 tbsp at a time, until sauce reaches desired consistenc­y. Divide among plates, and top evenly with Parmesan and lemon zest.

NUTRITIONA­L INFO (2 cups): Calories: 493, Total Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Monounsatu­rated Fat: 13g, Polyunsatu­rated Fat: 8g, Carbs: 47g, Fiber: 8g, Sugars: 5g, Protein: 18g, Sodium: 486mg, Cholestero­l: 9mg

 ??  ?? This recipe originally appeared in Clean Eating Magazine. For more superfood recipes, visit cleaneatin­g.com.
This recipe originally appeared in Clean Eating Magazine. For more superfood recipes, visit cleaneatin­g.com.

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