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Pesto and Veggie Pasta

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YUM!  This is one of my favorites.  It’s easy to prepare and you can totally modify based on what you’ve got in the fridge/pantry.  Beware, I am bad at recipes and measurements, so you have to be willing to just go with it!  I included an approximate amount in the recipe at the end.

Start with your grain.  I used whole wheat tube style pasta (I don’t know the fancy name), but you could use any kind of noodle or other grain (even rice or quinoa would probably be yummy).  I used a whole bag, which in hindsight I probably could have used way less, but oh well.  Now I have lots of leftovers!

Cook your pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, get your veggies going!

I used mushrooms, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and spinach.  Also yummy in this dish could be: broccoli, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus….

Heat some oil in a nice sized pan (I used grape-seed, but olive oil is good, too).  Add mushrooms and red onion to the pan and let cook for approximately 5-7 minutes, until softened.

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After your veggies are looking nice and soft, add in your cherry tomatoes and spinach, just until the spinach wilts.

Drain your pasta, then return to pot and mix with pesto.  I used a homemade cashew/basil pesto (recipe found here), but you can use store-bought or any other pesto you want.

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After your noodles are fully covered with all that yummy pesto, add in your veggie mix.  Stir well to combine, serve with a nice tossed salad and glass of red wine, and you’ve got yourself a meal, sister!

Recipe

1 bag/box pasta

1 T grape seed oil

1 container pre-sliced mushrooms

1 red onion, chopped

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves

Several generous handfuls of fresh spinach

2 cups pesto

  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat some oil in a nice sized pan (I used grape-seed, but olive oil is good, too).  Add mushrooms and red onion to the pan and let cook for approximately 5-7 minutes, until softened.
  3. After your veggies are looking nice and soft, add in your cherry tomatoes and spinach, just until the spinach wilts.
  4. Drain your pasta, then return to pot and mix with pesto.
  5. Add in your veggie mix.  Stir well to combine.

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