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Pistachio Pesto

Source: Parents Magazine, December 2010

Enjoyed this, my version turned out “greener” than theirs, but I am sure just as yummy! I had some tweaks and listed them below.

Makes 6 cups.

1 cup packed spinach
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup shelled pistachios*
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I did 1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, quartered
12 oz. dried pasta, cooked and drained

*I bought shelled ones and roasted them.

Put spinach, oil, nuts, cheese, salt, and garlic in food processor. Process until smooth. Toss with pasta and serve.


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Pumpkin Penne

Source: Parents Magazine, November 2009Pumpkin Penne

Thanks to canned pumpkin, this pasta gives the kiddos two servings of veggies.

This was yummy!  Perfect for Autumn. I added one chopped and sautéed zucchini, and some left over chicken from last night’s Roasted bird.

Makes 6 cups.

1 12 oz. box whole-wheat penne
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped ( You can skip this and add 1/2 tsp. onion powder)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (I used Vegetable broth)
1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1/2 tsp. pumpkin-pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. Fresh parsley, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat oil on medium.  Add shallots; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes.  Whisk in broth, evaporated milk, pumpkin, spice, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Toss pasta with sauce.  Spoon into bowls and top with parsley and cheese.

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