Linguine and Spinach Pesto

Linguine and Spinach Pesto
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Linguine and Spinach Pesto

Pasta Fits

Linguine and Spinach Pesto

This spinach pesto comes together in just minutes while the pasta cooks. It's quick, easy, and delicious — what more could you ask for out of a weeknight-friendly dinner recipe?

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Ingredients

  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt, plus more to taste
  • 1  Pound  spaghetti, linguine, or your favorite pasta shape*
  • One  10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2  Tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1/4  Cup  grated Parmesan
  • 2  Tablespoons  chopped parsley
  • cloves garlic
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  dried basil
  • 2  Tablespoons  butter
  • 1/3  Cup  water
  • 4  Ounces  crumbled feta

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain, and set aside.

In a blender or the bowl of a food processor, combine the spinach, oil, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, salt, and basil. Mix at medium speed until chopped finely. Melt the butter in the water. With a blender or processor running, gradually pour in the melted butter mixture until blended. Toss the pesto with the pasta. Sprinkle feta on top and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
8g
6%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
72µg
10%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
10µg
11%
Calcium, Ca
166mg
17%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
15µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
102mg
15%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
431mg
29%
Water
72g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Spinach Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Spinach Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.