Angel Hair Pasta with Basil and Walnut Pesto

This basil and walnut pesto recipe adds the extra health boost of spinach and the peppery surprise of arugula, in true heart-healthy style.

Source: Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader’s Digest Canada


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4servings 15minutes 10minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 15minutes
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  1. Place the basil, spinach and arugula in a colander. Wash the leaves well under cold running water. Shake to dry. Transfer the leaves to a food processor.
  2. Add the walnuts, Parmesan cheese and garlic and process until finely chopped. With the machine still running, slowly drizzle the oil through the feed tube, processing until the pesto is thick.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the angel hair pasta according to the package directions; drain. Toss the pasta with the basil and walnut pesto in a large serving bowl until evenly coated. Garnish with the basil sprigs, squeeze the lemon juice over the pasta and serve.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 400 calories, 13 g protein, 14 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 54 g total carbohydrate, 1 g sugars, 6 g fibre, 90 mg sodium

This dish provides a heavy dose of thiamine, essential in converting glucose into energy.