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Pesto pasta in a bowl with a fork in it

Veggie Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This Veggie Pesto Pasta is loaded with walnut and basil pesto and roasted zucchini for a delicious meal!


Ingredients

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Walnut Pesto: 

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/41/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Pasta: 

  • 6 oz pasta of choice (approx 2 servings)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese to top (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the pesto: start by preparing the walnut pesto. Add all the pesto ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. (scape down the sides of the food processor as needed to make sure everything gets blended.) 
  2. Roast the zucchini: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. cut the zucchini into half circles then toss with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then spread the zucchini onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. 
  3. Prepare the pasta: cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and add in the roasted zucchini and 1/3 cup pesto. Toss together on the stove-top on medium-low heat until combined and warmed through. Serve immediately topped with Parmesan cheese.


Notes

  • For more detailed instructions and information on how to make the pesto, you can refer to my Easy Walnut Pesto recipe here.
  • Salt your pasta water to infuse the pasta with flavour.
  • You can add more or less pesto to the pasta depending on your personal taste. If you prefer a creamy pesto pasta, you can also add in a splash of cream.
  • Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary depending on how much pesto you add to the dish.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 550
  • Fat: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5g

Keywords: vegetarian pesto pastas, veggie pesto pasta, pesto pasta with vegetables