PS or PP Creamy Vegan Pesto Pasta

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Chefs: Alena & Lars Schowalter, Nutriciously.com

Makes: 2 Servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 30 min



INGREDIENTS

Vegan Bean Pesto

  • 1 c cannellini beans, cooked

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 c fresh basil leaves

  • 1 c fresh spinach

  • 2 T hemp seeds (eliminate for PP)

  • 4 T nutritional yeast

  • 2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 T water

  • ¼ t salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

Pasta/Vegetable Base

  • 5 oz whole wheat pasta

  • 1 zucchini, cut into cubes

  • 1 c green peas, frozen

  • 4 asparagus sprigs, roughly chopped

  • 1 T toasted pine nuts (eliminate for PP)

  • 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 T nutritional yeast, to garnish

  • Handful of fresh basil leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat water for the pasta into a medium pot.

  2. Make the bean pesto by placing the spinach, garlic, basil, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast and lemon juice into a food processor and pulse to obtain a creamy mixture.

  3. Add the beans and process to incorporate, then add water to obtain the pesto texture – if needed, more than the suggested 2 T.

  4. Season with salt and pepper and transfer into a lidded jar.

  5. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Within five minutes before your pasta is done, add your vegetables into the same pot.

  6. Drain everything and transfer into a bowl.

  7. Scoop the pesto on top of the cooked pasta and veggies and mix to combine.

  8. Divide into serving bowls, garnish with pine nuts, nutritional yeast and basil leaves. Finally, drizzle with lemon juice and serve warm.

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TIPS

  1. Fussili, orrechiete or penne work perfectly because their shapes “trap” the delicious pesto.

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