Thursday, March 1, 2012

Healthy Creamy Spinach Pesto & Pasta

It's March 1st and is your New Year's resolution anywhere in sight? well I have a  perfect perrsonal recipe for Creamy Spinahc Pesto and Pasta that's it delicious, healthy and nutrious. Traditonal pesto sauce is loaded with good for you foods, olive oil, garlic basil and pine nuts however if your trying to lose a few pounds it can the sauce itself can be high in fat(good fats though) but once you start tossing it with white pasta and parmesean cheese the healthy becomes the not so healthy.

Instead I opted for baby spinach, basil, a small amount of olive oil and grated cheese, I toss it all with whole wheat spaghetti and my secreat to the creamy sacue is a few heaping spoons of plain greek yogurt! The yogurt gives the creamy mouthfeel to the pesto sauce and no one will ever know it's in there!

Jen DePalma's Healthy Creamy Spinach Pesto & Pasta
2 cups of baby spinach
10 large basil leaves
5 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of pecorino romano grated cheese
1/4 cup 2% plain greek yogurt
2 cups of whole wheat spaghetti

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, cook pasta according to direction, drain and reserve pasta water
In food processor pulse together spinach, basil and garlic
Slowly incorporate oil- reserve sauce
Toss sauce with pasta, stream in pasta water to loosen sauce, fold in greek yogurt and serve!

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